One of the most important things anyone can learn to do is read. We obviously couldn’t start off by reading the Harry Potter series or the Lord of the Rings. When learning, we had to start off small. One of the most important children’s book authors, Dr. Seuss, has impacted American culture like no other.
Born Theodor Geisel, his career started off as a dream, but he put pen to paper after some much-needed encouragement from his future wife. After some time illustrating and writing, he finally got his big break when his cartoon was published in the Saturday Night live issue in 1927. After graduating from Dartmouth, he moved to New York City and within months landed a job being an editor at Judge Magazine.
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He spent ten years sending his manuscripts to different publications and was rejected because publishers were concerned with his writing style. At the time children’s books were mainly long moral stories, while Dr. Seuss believed in mixing morality and fun with language. Dr. Seuss met a former schoolmate who coincidentally had become a book publisher and pitched And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, which became his first published children’s book.
But how did Dr. Seuss become so famous?
His books are universally celebrated and have been adapted to television shows and films. Over his lifetime he published about sixty books starting from the 1930’s. His books are not only great for beginner readers but everyone in need of a laugh. When his books first hit shelves, they were positively reviewed by important publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker. His comedic rhymes were political, inventive and understandable across different age groups.
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Being original and going after what he wanted no matter how times he was rejected, was certainly the key to Seuss’s success. His wicked rhymes and sense of humor encouraged people to laugh and realize what actually matters. With hits like The Cat and The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax, Dr. Seuss became an American icon. He established a new playground for children’s book authors and illustrators to express morals in different ways.
Director Tim Burton said
When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.
Every year on his birthday, March 2nd, the National Education Association board marks the day as Read Across America, a celebration which involves elementary school children engaging in reading activities.
Dr. Seuss, famous for his talent in illustrations and wordplay, continues to influence artists of every kind, and is the ninth best-selling author in the world, with over 500 million copies sold worldwide.
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