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Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.
His mother "chanted" rhymes to her children when they were young. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known.
After college, Ted became a cartoonist and advertisement illustrator.
He learned animation while he was a political cartoonist during World War II.
The book was written in 1937. The rhythm of the engines on a ship during vacation gave Seuss the rhythm of the rhyme in his book.
The book was rejected by 20 publishers until a college friend who had become an editor read the book and they published the book with rave reviews.
The street was a street name from his childhood in Springfield, Massachusetts
Houghton Mifflin asked Ted to write a children’s book with only 225 "new reader" words. That book was "The Cat in the Hat."
Ted Geisel died in 1991.
He won 3 Oscars, 2 Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Pulitzer prize.
Ted wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books, including all-time favorites Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
His books have been translated into more than 15 languages.
Over 200 million copies of his books are in homes and hearts around the world.
Just like his character Bartholmew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss loved hats and had more than 200 hats himself over the years.
He loved his guests to wear zany hats to his parties at his home in San Diego.
The "Secret Art" of Dr. Seuss is a collection of artwork that Dr. Seuss created after dark in his studio for his personal enjoyment. It was not shown or shared while he was alive.
Dr. Seuss’ father was a zoo superintendent and would send him beaks, horns, and other animal pieces that Seuss used in art fantasy creature sculptures he created.
A broadway musical called "Seussical, the Musical" was developed from Dr. Seuss’ wonderful books and characters. Our local high school Encinal performed it several years ago. It was based on the books Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Horton Hatches the Egg, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, McElligot’s Pool, Hunches in Bunches, If I Ran the Circus, The Butter Battle Book, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, The Cat in the Hat, The Sneetches and Other Stories, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
It opened and ran 198 performances. It was nominated in 2001 for a Tony for
Ted Geisel was very particular about color. His art director says that his sense of color was "idosyncratic" which means the colors he used in his books were very specific and very "Seussical" colors.
According to Dr. Seuss himself, his greatest accomplishment was not any of his books, movies, or artwork. He believed his greatest accomplishment was the Lion Wading Pool in the San Diego Wild Animal Park which he donated in 1973.
Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) said that he was a doodler at heart, and with a twinkle in his eye he would say...that he never really learned to draw!
Whenever Geisel found it hard to write he would take a long walk in his garden.He loved to garden and considered his garden and trees as another form of art.
After his death in 1991, his wife Audrey authorized a memorial gardens and sculpture project "The National Memorial Sculpture Garden". The bronze sculptures there were created by his stepdaughter who was a sculptor. The project cost over 6 million dollars, funded by public and private sources.
Dr. Seuss wrote stories that taught important lessons while being so much fun too read. "The Sneetches was inspired by his opposition to anti-semitism. He worried about the weapons/arms buildup in the "Butter Battle Book" and gave voice to saving the environment in "The Lorax." He also grumped about materialism in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Seuss had no children of his own but did have 2 grown stepdaughters.
He said to his wife "you have ’em and I’ll amuse ’em."
"Seussamania" was a 5 month long celebration of Dr. Seuss’ work at the Springfield Library and Museum in 1986. Dr. Seuss visited after receiving cards from over 600 children. After his death in 1991, his wife Audrey commissioned a national memorial in his memory.
Bennett Cerf, a publisher and friend of Ted Geisel, made the bet that Ted Geisel could not write a book with less than 50 words.
That bet turned into the book, "Green Eggs and Ham." He also started "Beginner Books" when he saw that Dr. Seuss books were going to be very popular with children.
Did you know that Dr. Seuss had a pen name?
It was Theo LeSieg. And did you know that Ted Geisel’s middle name was Seuss?
In 2004 a U.S. postage stamp was issued to celebrate his 100th birthday. We have a framed stamp in our library/media center. Be sure to take a look at it!
Ted Geisel was told by his high school art teacher that he would never be successful in art. And students at his college...Dartmouth...voted him "Least likely to Succeed." What do you think?
Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the official annual date for Read Across America.
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Seuss won a Pulitzer prize in 1984 for his lifelong contribution to children’s literature.
Seuss won two Emmys for:
"The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat"
"Halloween is Grinch Night"
Seuss received 7 honorary doctorates, including one from Dartmouth.
Seuss is often credited with creating the word "nerd" according to the Encarta World Dictionary. In "If I ran the Zoo" a nerd is a "small humanoid animal."
For the very first time in 1997 collectors were able to see and acquire lithographs, serigraphs, and sculptures reproduced from original drawings and paintings. "The Art of Dr. Seuss" includes artwork never published during his lifetime.
Of all his published books, Dr. Seuss was most proud of "The Cat in the Hat" because it had something to do with the ending of "Dick and Jane" primers.
Did you know that originally the Grinch wasn’t really Green? He was originally black and white and wore a red Santa-like sweater. He became green when he was animated "How the Grinch stole Christmas."
Green Eggs and Ham uses only 50 words.
Friends say that Seuss was really a combination of the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch...the Cat for his elegance, style, and inpudence, and the Grinch because he never really cared for Christmas.
"Horten Hears a Who" taught tolerance long before Brown vs Board of Education.
Interestingly, of all the awards Seuss received he did not receive a Caldecott or Newberry award, two of the biggest awards for children’s literature.He did receive two Caldecott Honors nominations.
Seuss won 3 Oscars for his filmwork. Two of them were for films he created during World War II and one for an animated short of the book "Gerald McBoing Boing." It beat out both Tom and Jerry and Mr. Magoo for the Oscar. It later became a sunday afternoon cartoon series.
In the beginning Seuss used primary colors in his books. The "Cat in the Hat" was illustrated in primary colors. The Lorax was illustrated introduced an expansion into mauves and lavenders..."purples and greys."
An unpublished manuscript from 1983 was recently found...a book to be titled "So Many Sports." It had been started and put aside by Seuss, never to be published. It has 10 pages of doodles and notes from Seuss, along with work from some of his assistants. He decided that the lead character was not likeable enough to support the story.