“Why fit when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the public as Dr. Seuss, is arguably the greatest children’s author in history. With world renown stories such as “The Cat in the Hat”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and “Green Eggs and Ham”, Dr. Seuss has influenced people of all ages. And to this day, twelve years after his death, Seuss continues to affect the way children read, learn, and grow up with his timeless classics. Before the world came to know this talented artist and writer as Dr. Seuss, he was known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, Ted for short. Ever since his childhood, Ted’s father influenced his love for drawing, while his mother is credited for Ted’s techniques as a writer and future name as an author. Ted used to thank his mother for his way with words because she would read him poems every night which is what brought such crazy and nonsensical rhyming schemes into his mind. (Dr. Seuss, Schwartz)
“Little Ted” (Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Dr. Seuss Biography) came to be known as Dr. Seuss when he was kicked off of his school newspaper in Dartmouth College because of his illegal possession of alcohol during the time of prohibition. He used the name so he could secretly continue to write for the newspaper without getting caught; he chose the name as a tribute to his mother and her influence on his love for writing and rhyming. After his extra schooling at Oxford University did not work out, Seuss tried his hand in the advertising business where he quickly achieved wealth and fame “cartooning”. (Theodore Seuss)
Seuss’ first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” came in the year 1936 while Seuss was listening to the rhythm of the ship’s engine. Growing up in Springfield, Massachusetts, Seuss incorporated many of the things in his environment into his stories. After his brief time in World War II, Seuss took up the challenge of writing children’s first readers that weren’t...
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