Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as our beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Due to his mother’s , Henrietta Seuss Geisel, rhyming Lullabies,Dr. Suess often credits her for his ability to create imaginative rhymes. The influence of Ted’s memories of Springfield is shown throughout his work. Drawings of Horton the Elephant meandering along streams in the Jungle of Nool, for example, mirror the watercourses in Springfield’s Forest Park. Ted’s first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was inspired by incredible things in Springfield, including a look-alike of Mayor Fordis Parker, and police officers riding red motorcycles down a busy street. The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted’s career, was ultimately a challenge for Dr. Seuss set by Houghton Mifflin. The challenge was, Dr. Seuss needed to write a children’s written and illustrated book with 225 “new-reader” vocabulary words. Best to say, Dr. Seuss took on the challenge and created one of his most influential children’s book that has ever been produced. At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including all-time favorites as: 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 have found their way into tiny hands of future generations and the books continues to be a stronghold in children’s literature for a long time.
Dr. Seuss, in his classic book Happy Birthday to You reminds us that birthdays are meant to be celebrated! At least they are in Katroo! The Birthday Honk Honker gives the “hi-sign-and shake just for you”. Let the birthday adventure begin! This includes eating whatever you like, such as hotdogs with lots of mustard. It’s also a day of entertainment, like being pulled through the air by “funicular goats”and have special parties to celebrate with friends and family!
Suggested classroom activity: Counting Cakes
Author Charles Cohen,a avid Dr. Seuss collector, was a well qualified expert to write the visual biography of Ted Geisel. Through illustrations, Cohen shows the many sides of Geisel’s art and creativity. In the very beginning Geisel’s earliest works, which includes examples of his college newspaper cartoons and several of his successful advertising campaigns. These creations are a springboard to his later children’s books and helps the reader gain a deeper understanding of how culture and history shaped the thought process of his ideas and many, many works.
Check out these free printables pinned on McLure’s Pinterest page! These can be printed in our library.
With this amazing illustrated book, Fox in Socks , join Knox and the fox as they have a play with tongue teasers and twisters! It’s one of Dr. Seuss most enjoyable books, but not just fun for the kids but also a great read for adults as well
Suggested classroom activity: Know Your Colors Sorting Baskets with Socks
By: Dagan Bond and Kristy Justice