Dr. Seuss: Five things about Theodor Seuss Geisel March 1, 2013Posted by rogerhollander in Art, Literature and Culture.
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Dr. Theor Seuss Geisel.
Around the world today school children are paying tribute to Dr. Seuss’ birthday (which is actually March 2).
Dr. Theor Seuss Geisel, the acclaimed author of dozens of popular children’s books such as “Green Eggs and Ham,” was born March 2, 1904 and died Sept. 24, 1991 of throat cancer. He was 87.
The American writer and poet was born in Springfield, Mass., and later adopted the pen name Dr. Seuss. He died in La Jolla, Calif.
His birthday has been adopted as the annual date of national Read Across America Day.
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Here are the five most important things you should know about Dr. Seuss.
- He came up with the pen name Dr. Seuss after he was caught drinking in his room at Dartmouth College and was banned from extra-curricular activities, which included writing for the college humour magazine. He came up with Seuss to hide his identity. He added the “Dr.” title afterward.
- Dr. Seuss made a point of not beginning the writing of his stories with a moral in mind. “Kids can see a moral coming a mile off,” he once said.
- Mulberry St. in Springfield, near where he grew up, was made famous in his first children’s book “And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” That book had been rejected by around 30 publishers.
- He completed “Cat in the Hat” after receiving a challenge to write a book that children couldn’t put down and to use only 250 words that were important for first-graders to recognize. Seuss used 236 words to complete the book.
- Although he was so devoted to producing children’s books all his life, Dr. Seuss never had any children of his own. When asked about this, his stock answer was: “You have ’em. I’ll entertain ’em.”
Dr. Seuss trending worldwide as world marks his birthday
March 2 is the birthday of acclaimed children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, kicking off celebrations in schools across North America and around the world today. Dr. Seuss’ birthday has been adopted annually as the day of National Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss died Sept. 24, 1991 at 87.
Teachers and students are paying tribute to the “Green Eggs and Ham” author for his remarkable stories and inspirational quotes.
Here’s how people on social media sites are reacting to Dr. Seuss’ birthday.