Thursday, March 1, 2012


Among the many thousands of kids who love Dr.Seuss, I am not ashamed to say, I LOVE DR.SEUSS too. (and I think as I grew older, I appreciate him more and more)

so in celebration for his BIRTHDAY (happy birthday genius) and the release of new animated movie,"The Lorax", tomorrow..

I'm devoting a week of posts with everything and anything on the world of Dr.Seuss.
Let's start out today's post on who he is! 

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ted's father, Theodor Robert, and grandfather were brewmasters in the city. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known. 

Although the Geisels enjoyed great financial success for many years, the onset of World War I and Prohibition presented both financial and social challenges for the German immigrants. Nonetheless, the family persevered and again prospered, providing Ted and his sister, Marnie, with happy childhoods.

Ted left Springfield as a teenager to attend Dartmouth College, where he became editor-in-chief of the Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth's humor magazine. Although his tenure as editor ended prematurely when Ted and his friends were caught throwing a drinking party, which was against the prohibition laws and school policy, he continued to contribute to the magazine, signing his work "Seuss." This is the first record of
The Cat in the Hatthe "Seuss" pseudonym, which was both Ted's middle name and his mother's maiden name.

He published 46 children's books, which were characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Tow Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

His honors included two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize. 

His birthday, March 2nd, has been adopted as the annual date for "National Read Across American Day"(that's like, tomorrow!), an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. 

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