On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel entered the world. One hundred and six years later his imaginative work still impacts our children. Here are some facts I found interesting while reading about his life:
- His dad & grandfather were brewmasters in Springfield, MA until Prohibition.
- He was editor-in-chief of Dartmouth’s humor paper (Jack-O-Lantern) until he got caught throwing a drinking party, which just happened to be against the law (Prohibition) & school policies.
- His middle name was also his mother’s maiden name. The first record of him using it as a pseudonym was on contributions to Jack-O-Lantern after he was, ahem, relieved of his duties as editor-in-chief.
- The first book that he wrote and illustrated, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 (or 28) times. Sadly, I don’t think I’ve ever read this one.
- He also wrote a few books under the pen name Theo. LeSieg and one under the name Rosetta Stone. He did illustrate these.
The very first book I read to my (now 12 year old) son was The Foot Book. For the first half of his life, he had quite a library of Dr. Seuss books. His favorites were Hop on Pop and There’s a Wocket in my Pocket until he discovered the fun of making me read Fox in Socks. He would bring that book to me EVERY SINGLE NIGHT while laughing manically. I related to Mr. Knox (“Please sir I don’t like this trick sir, my tongue isn’t quick or slick sir!”).
So tell me, what is YOUR favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
- Dr. Seuss (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish)