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#DailyBookQuote 19Sep13 : Dr. Seus’ The Cat in the Hat

#DailyBookQuote : 19th September 2013

 Dr Seuss

–          Dr. Seus (March 02, 1904 – September 24, 1991)

–          Dr. Seus’s The Cat in the Hat

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, MA and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925, he then proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both cartoons and humorous articles for them. Additionally, he was submitting cartoons to Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty. During WW II, Geisel joined the army and was sent to Hollywood. Captain Geisel won the Legion of Merit as well as an Oscar’s for the documentaries ‘Hitler Lives’ and ‘Design for Death’. He also created a cartoon called Gerald McBoing-Boing which also won him an Oscar. In May of 1954, Life published a report concerning illiteracy among school children. The report said, among other things, that children were having trouble to read because their books were boring. This inspired Geisel’s publisher, and prompted him to send Geisel a list of 400 words he felt were important, asked him to cut the list to 250 words (the publishers idea of how many words at one time a first grader could absorb), and write a book. Nine months later, Geisel, using 220 of the words given to him published The Cat in the Hat, which went on to instant success. his beloved classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss is fun to read aloud and easy to read alone. Written using words that any first or second grader can read, this timeless book is a fixture in home and school libraries and a favorite among parents, beginning readers, teachers, and librarians.



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