Theodor (Ted) Seuss Geisel
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.”
– Dr. Seuss
On March 2, 2010, Fans of rhyming and poetic Author paid tribute to the classic works – Dr. Seuss, a children’ author and pop culture icon of all times who would have been 97 years on 2nd March 2010, if he was alive today. Theodor (Ted) Seuss Geisel, has over 60 children’s books to his pen name. Sixteen of Seuss’ works appeared on the 2000 Publisher’s Weekly list of bestselling children’s books of all time.
He has written and illustrated popular books such as “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”, Green Eggs and Ham”, “Oh the Places You’ll Go” and “Cat in the Hat”. The Cat in the Hat catapulted him from pioneer in children’s literature to definitive children’s book author illustrator, a position he has held unofficially for many decades since.
Students in classroom enjoy the English text lessons especially “Cat in the Hat” and “The Grinch who stole Christmas.”
Dr. Seuss’ works have become so popular that they’ve become theatrical adaptations for both screen and stage, including the “Cat in the Hat” movie starring Mike Myers, the “Grinch” movie with Jim Carrey and a plethora of TV cartoon versions.
When asked, Dr. Seuss often remarked with a twinkle in his eye—that he never really learned to draw! His school notebooks often included bizarre creatures that framed sporadic notes he had taken in class. His illustrations were referred to as “whimsical.” He loved to paint and it relaxed him. He would create vivid scenes with skewed, nonsensical perspectives and images. He would often contrast bright colors against a much darker background, creating an illusion of the subject popping out of the painting. While he longed for critical recognition that he was an artist, Ted would not sell his paintings out of fear of critics’ rejection.
Dr.Seuss also published books for adults which include the popular graduation gift “Oh the Places You’ll Go” as well as a book entitled “You’re Only Old Once” which is a satire about clinics for the elderly.
At the time Dr. Seuss died at the age of 87 on 24th September 1991, 200 million copies of his books, translated into 15 languages reached homes and hearts of people around the world. His works were posthumously produced and his wife promoted his works and copyrighted through Dr. Seuss Enterprise (DSE) and promotes all projects adopting technology too.
Here’s a You Tube video “The Cat in the Hat” an animated musical television special first aired on CBS on March 10, 1971, based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss’ children’s book of the same name
Btw, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated Dr. Seuss Birthday by reading ‘The Cat in the Hat’ to over 200 local elementary school students at Library of Congress. After she finished, the students all took a pledge to read more: “I promise to read, each day and each night. I know it’s the key to growing up right. I’ll read to myself, I’ll read to a crowd. It makes no difference if it’s silent or loud,” they recited in unison. Watch the video here and I am sure, all Teachers or Parents can encourage children for reading. As a Seuss Quote says, ““The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
List of Dr. Seuss Classic Books
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937
Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949
The Butter Battle Book, 1984
Cat in the Hat, 1957
Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958
Cat’s Quizzer, The
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973
Dr. Seuss ABC, 1963
Dr. Seuss Sleep Book, 1962
The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938
The Foot Book, 1968
Fox in Socks, 1965
Great Day for Up! 1974
Green Eggs and Ham, 1960
Happy Birthday to You, 1959
Hop on Pop, 1963
Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940
Horton Hears a Who, 1954
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 1957
Hunches in Bunches, 1982
I Am Not Going to Get up Today!, 1987
I Can Draw It Myself: By Me, Myself with a Little Help from My Friend Dr. Seuss, 1970
I Can Lick Thirty Tigers Today & Other Stories, 1969
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, 1978
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1992
If I Ran the Circus, 1956
If I Ran the Zoo, 1950
King’s Stilts, 1939
The Lorax, 1971
McElligot’s Pool, 1947
Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now, 1972
Mister Brown Can Moo, Can You, 1970
My Book About Me, 1969
Oh, Say Can You Say?, 1979
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, 1990
Oh! The Thinks You Can Think!, 1975
On Beyond Zebra, 1955
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, 1960
Scrambled Eggs Super!, 1953
The Seven Lady Godivas, 1987
Shape Of Me And Other Stuff, 1973
Sneetches And Other Stories, 1969
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974
Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948
Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet
Yertle the Turtle & Other Stories, 1958
You’re Only Old Once
His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.