Dr. Seuss, A Biography

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theodor seuss geisel

Born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts

Nicknamed Ted

Attended Dartmouth College

Wrote for the school's magazine and newspaper

Changed his name to Dr. Seuss to seem more important

and to think that i saw it on mulberry street

Published in 1936

Written when Dr. Seuss was on a ship

The story has the rhythm of the ship's engine

boring books

In the 1950s kids thought books in general were boring because they used plain words

Dr. Seuss was asked to write a book using less than 250 words

Therefore Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat

And he started the beginner books division of Random House Publishing

interesting books

Dr. Seuss captivated children by his fun use of rhyming words

He created many new words to make his books more interesting like Zubble-wumps and ooey-gooey green Ooblecks

His fun and amusing rhymes and words caught the attention of children and made them want to read.

the bet

Bennett Cerf was Seuss' publisher

Cerf bet Seuss fifty dollars that he could not write a book with fifty words in it

Seuss won that bet by writing the book Green Eggs and Ham


The Lorax is a book about "people who harm the environment and leave nothing behind" (Seuss)

Horton Hears a Who is about the importance of every life

Seuss wrote this in response to his visit to Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb

The Butter Battle Book is about the silly nuclear arms race

the legacy

A musician and a girls face!

He won an Emmy Award for the show How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss wrote 44 childrens

books which have sold more

than 100 million copies

Dr. Seuss died on 9-24-91