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Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" Seuss was Geisel's middle name and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop," "Fox in Socks," and "Green Eggs and Ham." ...

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Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" Seuss was Geisel's middle name and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop," "Fox in Socks," and "Green Eggs and Ham." Other favorite titles in this series are "Go, Dog, Go!" and "Are You My Mother?" by P. D. Eastman, "A Fly Went By," by Mike McClintock, and "Put Me in the Zoo," by Robert Lopshire. These affordable hardcover books combine large print, easy vocabulary, and large, bright illustrations in stories kids will want to read again and again. Grades 1 - Grades 2.

The Cat in the Hat takes Young Cat in tow to show him the fun he can get out of reading.

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Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.The Express
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Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

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The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    Another Rave Review for Dr. Seuss!!!

    In two previous reviews I have extolled the value of giving and receiving books as a child. In our family and with our friends, reading has as much value as the clean air that we breathe and the nutritious food that we eat. We began reading very early. Our sons began reading early as well. Our almost four year old grandson is read to by both his parents often. This book is part of a Christmas gift of books. Building a personal library is important so that we can re-read personal favorites. Giving a book to a child is a gift of love. Many of the books that are now in our sons' personal libraries came from our own personal cache of books that we had as children. My own books help me keep in touch with those in my past that I love and want to remember. I am now almost 68 years old and I remember when I used to sit with my grandparents and listen as they read to me. They also taught me to read by the age of three going on four. Reading is a comfort!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    highly recommended....

    good for kids to start reading.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Only Seuss can spin a story like this.

    Only Seuss can spin a story like this.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Yet another amazing book!

    This book is great for beginners & also allows discussion about WHY it's so important to READ! :)
    So many kids today rather sit in front of a video-game instead of picking up a book & this is a perfect opportunity to discuss the advantages of reading & why it's important!!!

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    I Can Read....

    My daughter who just turned 4 has at least 12 copies of Dr. Seuss books. However, at school she read "I Can Read with my Eyes Shut" and came home telling me she wanted the book. We went to our local B&N that weekend and she found the book on her own. I was very impressed. She chooses her own bedtime story book each night and when we choose this one. She finishes ALL the sentences! She loves this book very much!Great purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2010

    Not a favorite

    My kids are 2 and 4 and love most Dr. Suess books. Although they like this one, as well, it is not one of their favorites.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Great story to read with your child

    My son has most of the Dr. Seuss books and this one is one of his favorite! It is an amuzing story to read together.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Great for beginning readers!

    I bought this for my four year old, once he had mastered "Green Eggs and Ham." It's a little more challenging, but still easy for those who are still learning to read. I would definitely buy it again or give as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    ted giesel is at it again!

    the 5 colors the Cat in the hat can read are : red pickle color 'green' blue brown purple and young cat learns about the imaginary 'Jake the snake' and the taller 'Foo-Foo the snoo

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