The True Meanings Behind Dr Seuss Stories
He is one of the world's most beloved children's authors, and also one of the most successful. Dr Seuss, or by his real name, Theodor Seuss Geisel, has been capturing imaginations with his work since 1937 when he published his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. His stories are often characterized by his patented sense of whimsy and absurdity that leave many people wondering, "However did he think of that?" As it turns out, many classic Seuss books are fueled by much more complex ideas than a cat wearing a hat. Take a look at the real message behind some of your favourite childhood books.
Check out Part 1 of the original cartoon for "The Lorax"
This one is pretty obvious. In this story, we meet "The Once-ler," a character who turned the world from a beautiful place full of life into a desolate wasteland. It is not hard to pick up on the environmental aspects of this book. We learn about the importance of trees and protecting natural wildlife early on in the book. The Lorax is also Seuss's way of speaking out against Capitalism. The good doctor himself even considered the story "antipollution and anti greed"
Watch the original cartoon for "The Sneetches"
This one is a lesser-known story of Dr Seuss from the book The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961). It revolves around two groups of creatures called "Sneetches." One group has stars on their bellies, while the others do not. The star-bellied Sneetches are treated to privileged lives while the plain Sneetches are discriminated against. Just from that description, it's plain to see that the underlying message is about racism. On top of that, it explores the idea that some people try to profit off other people's misfortune or ignorance, using his character of Sylvester as an example.
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Yertle the Turtle
Yertle the Turtle is a quirky and cute book about a Turtle who is King of his pond. As the story goes on, his need to expand his kingdom grows and grows until he is literally standing on top of nearly all of his turtle citizens. The themes revolve around political domination, human rights, and the true power that people have over political leaders. This story is actually based on one of the Earth's most infamous men, Adolf Hitler. The story was so powerful that The Red Hot Chili Peppers even wrote a song based on it, entitled "Yertle the Turtle."
Here's the article referencing Nixon from 1974
- Richard M. Nixon Will You Please Go Now!
My good friend Dr. Seuss wrote a book a few years ago titled "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!"
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
Marvin K. Mooney is a little boy who just refuses to go to bed, no matter how he's told. It's a common rumor that this story is about the American ex-president Richard Nixon, although it was never explicitly admitted by Seuss. However, when asked if he had ever written a political book, he allegedly held up a copy of the book, crossed out the "Marvin K. Mooney" part and wrote in "Richard Nixon."
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The Butter Battle Book
Here's a book that you've probably never heard of. It tell the story of two races, the Yooks and the Zooks. The two are seprated by a giant wall because, of all things, they can't agree on which side you should butter your bread. The feud escalates when one side builds a slingshot to fight the other side, and eventually the whole book is a back and forth battle of trumping each other's weapons. This book is about the Cold War, and was actually banned in some countries in the 80s! Despite this, it was named as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Want to learn more about the zany antics of Dr Seuss?
- 10 stories behind Dr. Seuss stories - CNN
Things you didn't know about this author and his books.
- Dr. Seuss Birthday: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Author | NewsFeed | TIME.com
Beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss would have turned 108 today, and he would surely have been proud to see that his works are still relevant as ever.
- The Secret Alchemy of Dr. Seuss
One of the qualities that make fairy tales and nursery rhymes so resonant is the fact that we cannot get them out of our minds.