Dr. Seuss: the man behind our favorite childhood memories
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, will forever be remembered as an amazing storyteller and illustrator. This writer and cartoonist published over 60 books. Most people were able to quote most of his stories by heart as little kids. Keep on reading to learn fascinating facts about Dr. Seuss!
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- When was the first Dr. Seuss book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street", published by Vanguard Press?
- Famed children's author Dr. Seuss was challenged to write a book using only 50 different words. What is the title of the resulting book?
- What is Dr. Seuss's real name?
Let’s return to amazing facts about Dr. Seuss…
#1 The Book “Green Eggs and Ham” is a Result of a Bet
The book originated from a bet with a friend. He said that Dr. Seuss could not write a book with 50 different words or less. So, the book “Green Eggs and Ham” was born.
#2 Writer’s Block of Dr. Seuss
Do you have a hard time writing? If yes, you and Dr. Seuss have something in common. In fact, the book “The Cat in the Hat” took him over a year to write this children’s classic.
#3 Dr. Seuss didn’t have Biological Children
Dr. Seuss never had biological children. His first wife was unable to bear kids and his second already has two children from a previous marriage. Ironically enough, he was actually wary of little ones due to their unpredictable nature.
#4 Dr. Seuss Really Loved Hats
In fact, he had a closet full of funny hats. He used them when he had trouble writing to help the words flow.
#5 The Important Year
1957 was a big year for Dr. Seuss’s characters. Two of his well-known characters, “The Cat in the Hat” and the Grinch, were introduced in the same year, in 1957.
#6 Dr. Seuss Named a Major Character after his Editor’s Son
The book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was Dr. Seuss’s debut. Editor Mike McClintock accepted the manuscript after numerous rejections from other publishers. Dr. Seuss named the book’s main character after the editor’s son, Marco, to show his gratitude.
#7 Dr. Seuss had a Successful Advertising Career
Such big companies as “Ford”, “Holy Sugar”, “General Electric” were his clients. Some of his ads became culturally iconic.
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