Theodor Seuss Geisel

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Theodor Seuss Geisel

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Geisel’s father always encouraged his drawing, while his mother improved his interest in reading. Geisel did not take art seriously, as his art teacher thought. One time Geisel turned a painting upside down, simply to see how it looked. Geisel was editing the school’s humor magazine by his junior year, but was taken off of the paper after a prank. After graduating at Dartmouth College, in 1925, Geisel attended Oxford University in England. He always brought along a pad and pencil, to doodle. His notebooks at Oxford were full of strange but also fabulous animals. On November 27, 1927 Geisel married Palmer, which she also soon became his collaborator and editor. Geisel wrote The Cat in the Hat (1957) to teach children that books are not just bright colorful things, but that there is a relationship between pictures and words. He wrote books with the assumption that children can understand anything that is read to them as long as the writer if the writer states the story simply and clearly. Seuss wanted to teach children that the world was limited only by the imagination. Theodor Seuss would publish his children’s books under the name Theo LeSieg, which is Geisel, spelled backwards. He also went by “Dr. Seuss” rather than his actual name, Theodor Geisel. Geisel wrote The Lorax (1971) a political book that formed out of his frustration of the destruction of the environment. Then he wrote The Butter Battle Book (1984) so he could express his fears about WWII, and to inform children what is happening around them. Then in San Diego, California Theodor Seuss Geisel died, September 24, 1991. Throughout his life Geisel collected hats, by the time of his death, Geisel had 528 hats.

Accomplishments

-Theodor Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904.-On November 27, 1927 Geisel married Palmer, which she also became his collaborator and editor.-Seuss's first book was And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937), which he wrote after traveling on an ocean liner.-In 1957 he wrote The Cat in the Hat, which is his most popular childrens book.-In 1971 he wrote The Lorax, which is a environmentally friendly book.-In 1984 he wrote The Butter Battle Book, which was a children's version of WWII.-Dr. Seuss died in San Diego, California on September 24, 1991.

1. Seuss’ first book designed specifically to teach children while entertaining them, was The Cat In The Hat (1957).2. The Lorax (1971) is a political book on the discussion of the global environment and how it is treated poorly.3. For each sale of The Lorax (1971) The Art of Dr. Seuss collection plants three trees.4. Dr. Seuss’s most political book is The Butter Battle Book (1984), which explains the Cold War in a sense children can understand.5. Seuss won an Academy Award in 1947 for writing Design for Death and also in 1951 for the animated cartoon Gerald McBoing-Boing.

Lasting Impact

-In my opinion Dr. Seuss’s most significant contribution is The Lorax (1971). Because the story of The Lorax (1971) explains the threat of global warming, which is happening around us. This is a way for children to understand what is happening around them in the world. For every print of The Lorax (1971) that is sold, The Art of Dr. Seuss plants three trees. By December 15, 2013 nearly 10,000 trees had been planted.-Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (1971) affected the world during his lifetime, 1904-1991, by showing the common people the horrible things that industries were doing to the environment, and how they didn’t care. For example, how global warming is treated so poorly and not cared about. Because The Lorax (1971) showed the truth about industries, no one wanted to publish it. The production of The Lorax (1971) is still making an impact on the world today. It has shown industries how to be environmentally friendly. For example, industries have started to stop pollution by joining together with EPA to develop cleaner-burning fuels and more efficient engines, this helps reduce global warming.

Works Cited

Abate, Michelle Ann. "The Butter Battle Book Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) (1984)."Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. New York: Facts on File, 2009. 47-48. Facts on File Library of American Literature: Literary Movements. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. .Aggeles, Theodora. "DR. SEUSS' STASH OF HATS: They inspired the children's book author, who was a collector as a young man and featured them in books. Some are on tour." Tampa Bay Times [St. Petersburg, FL] 8 Jan. 2014: 5. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. .Koehler, Christopher S. W. "Dr. Seuss." Great Lives FromHistory: The Twentieth Century(2008): 1. Biography Reference Center. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. .Rother, larry. AFTER 60 YEARS, DR. SEUSS GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS. New York Times, 21 May 1986. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. . Wilson, Nance S. "SEUSS, Dr. (Theodore Seuss Geisel)." Continuum Encyclopedia Of Children's Literature(2003): 709.Biography Reference Center. Web. 19 Apr. 2014. ."Ahead of his time." The Christian Century 126.1 (2009): 8+. Biography in Context. Web.16 Apr. 2014. .“Geisel, Theodore Seuss.” FactCite: Lincoln Library Biographies Online. Lincoln Lib. P, 2012.Web. 18 Mar. 2014. < http://www.factcite.com/biographies/3012208.html >."Theodor Seuss Geisel.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2014 ."Seuss, Dr." FactCite: Lincoln Library Biographies Online. Lincoln Lib. P, 2012. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. .

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