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Dr. Seuss Biography

A few facts about this beloved author.
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Amy King

on 3 March 2013

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Transcript of Dr. Seuss Biography

Dr. Seuss Biography Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts German-Americans Springfield Park - Inspiration for Animal Drawings Father Mother Reading to him each night - gift of rhyme He wrote poems and drew cartoons for his high school newspaper. He would sign them Dr. Seuss. Seuss was his mother's maiden name and his middle name. High
School Seuss went to public schools in Springfield and was an early and avid reader. Elementary
School Theodor Seuss Geisel Oxford University in England and meets Helen. Graduate
School He married Helen Marion Palmeron November 29, 1927, the same year he sold his first cartoon to the “Saturday Evening Post.” Married Helen soon realized her new fiancé would not be happy as a professor, and convinced him to concentrate on his real passions, writing and drawing. His first book, “A Story That No One Can Beat”, was rejected by more than 20 publishers because it was too different from other books. After some revisions, it was published as “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” (1937). Dr. Seuss was asked to write a new kind of book, using a list of 220 basic words first graders were expected to learn. “The Cat in the Hat” (1957) was an instant hit with children! A friend bet Dr. Seuss $50 that he couldn’t write a book using only fifty words, and Seuss won the bet. “Green Eggs and Ham” (1960) uses exactly fifty different words, and it appeared on the “New York Times” bestseller list that year. Early Reader Books First Book Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to children’s literature. Three Academy Awards Three Caldecott Honors Eight Honorary Doctorates Wrote over 44 children's books. Books are translated into more
than 15 different languages. Two Feature Length Films Eleven Children's TV Specials Cheers His last book was “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” (1990). This book inspires readers to go to new places and dream big! He spoke out against weapons, racism and war. Dr. Seuss cared deeply for the environment which inspired him to write “The Lorax” (1971). Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991, at age 87. Later Life We honor him each year during Read Across America and celebrate the fun he brought to children's literature.
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