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A New Day Brings New Opportunity

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own; and you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.” Dr. Suess (1904 - 1991)

 

Theodor Seuss Geisel was better known by his pen name "Dr. Seuss". He authored more than 45 children's stories, worked for the government during WW2 making propoganda cartoons, wrote political satire and illustrated a few famous advertising campaigns. His birthday, March 2nd, is also recognized as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

 

Most people think of Dr. Seuss of just a children's book writer, but in 1943, Theo joined the Army as a Captain (OF-2) and was commander of the Animation Dept of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces. He won an Academy Award for one of his movies, "Design for Death" in 1947.

 

One of the most interesting stories about Dr. Seuss that I came across was the origin of the "Cat in the Hat". Back in 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. The director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin (publishing company), compiled a list of 348 words he felt were important for first-graders to recognize. They challenged Geisel to bring back a book children can't put down using 250 of those magic 348 words. Nine months later, Dr. Seuss used 236 of the words given to him to complete "The Cat in the Hat".

 

According to Wikipedia, Dr. Seuss books still rank among top selling children's books... In 2009, Green Eggs and Ham sold 540,366 copies, The Cat in the Hat sold 452,258 copies, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960) sold 409,068 copies—outselling the majority of newly published children's books.

 

More Information:

www.catinthehat.org/history.htm - This is a really interesting website

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr_seuss

www.seussville.com/

 

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Taken on January 16, 2012