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Dr. Seuss: Illustrator, Imaginator, Author!

From: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think
Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

Lesson learned: You are capable of enormous creativity. Remember this if you’re struggling with a problem, and keep at it!

From: I Can Read with My Eyes Shut
There are so many things you can learn about, but
You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.

Lesson learned: Be curious about the world around you, and never stop learning.

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Lesson learned: Knowledge is power, and books can transport you to amazing places.

Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel: Fun Facts

  • Dr. Seuss was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is an American author, illustrator and artist.
  • Dr. Seuss attributes his mother and childhood to his inspirations. His mother would repeat soothing rhymes at bed time to help the children fall asleep.
  • Dr. Seuss wasn’t a doctor. He attended Dartmouth College, where he wrote under the name of Seuss and several others. His father had hoped for him to be a college professor and obtain his doctorate degree. He never accomplished actually obtaining getting his Doctorate Degree, but Dartmouth awarded him this honorary degree in 1955. He did study for a while at Oxford University, where many of his class notes became covered in cartoons and illustrations. It is there, that he realized he had a career in illustration.
  • Dr. Seuss married Helen Palmer, who he met in college at Oxford. They did not have children, but Seuss said that he understood children, and this was the only type of writing that was allowed by his contract from other work. Dr. Seuss did have step children later in his life.
  • Seuss made his first publication as cartoonist on July 16, 1927 in The Saturday Evening Post. Seuss created advertisements, cartoons, sketches and other illustrations for many magazines, newspapers and other publications during his life.
  • Seuss was enrolled in World War II where he was the Commander of the Animation Department. This is where he was introduced to the world of animation and created his first animated film for the U.S. Army.
  • In 1954 Seuss was approached and asked to write a book using only 250 out of preselected 348 words which were thought important for first grade students to learn. The idea was inspired by the report published in Life magazine on illiteracy among school children. The report said that children were unable to learn reading because their books were boring. The result was “The Cat in the Hat”; a perfect blend of Seuss’s verse rhythms, drawing skills and imaginative power. This book along with others written for your young children, were huge success both at national and international level.
  • Dr. Seuss wrote & illustrated 46 children’s books, some of which have now been turned into movies. Many of his books rhyme include made up words, ideas and characters.
  • On September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss died of cancer in San Diego, California. His honors included two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize.
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