Hip-hip Hooray & Yipee Yay-yay it’s Dr Seuss Day
Did you start your day with green eggs and ham? Perhaps you could have it for tonight’s tea?
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A. The setting of his first book was just around the corner from his home on Fairfield Street. Later in 1937 Geisel was on his way to burn the manuscript of And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street after being rejected by publishers for the 27th time. He literally bumped into an old friend who had just started a job as an editor at a children’s book publishers. And so began the writing & illustrating career that produced 60 books selling over 600 million copies & being translated into more than 20 languages by 1991 when Dr Seuss died.
Geisel adopted “Dr Seuss” during his university days because his father always wanted him to practice medicine. He was only made an official Dr after receiving an honorary doctorate in 1956. Geisel’s other honours include two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize. And some of other pen names include: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone and Theophrastus Seuss.
From Fox in Sox, to the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, to Horton, Sam to the Grinch or Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dr Seuss characters have brought ridiculous rhyming joy to millions children and adults. Have you ever wondered which character you are? Find out with Playbuzz Go on! You know you want to!
Speaking of ridiculous rhyming joy; Dr Seuss wrote in poetic meters called anapaestic tetrameter, amphibrachic tetrameter and trochaic tetrameter and he frequently used iambs. (google them!).
If you come in to the library today – you will find we have Dr Seuss colouring in!
And to finish, here are 5 curious things you didn’t know about Dr Seuss: