Can you lick thirty tigers in a day? According to Dr. Seuss’s book, I can Lick 30 Tigers Today! he can. Dr. Seuss is an incredible children’s authorthat writes about wonderful places and creatures. He led a very successful life spreadinghappiness to children and parents all around the world. Theodor Seuss Geisel was his given birth name.
He gave himself the name Dr. Seuss to use ashis pen name. Although he added “Dr.
” tohis name, he has no education that gives him the real doctor title. Theodor added the title “Dr.” to soundimportant. He wanted to make his fatherproud. Some nicknames given to him overthe years were Theo Seuss and Dr. Theophrastus Seuss (Moje & Shyu 671).
Seuss was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield,Massachusetts. He was born to TheodorRobert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel (Daugherty). He died September 24, 1991, in La Jolla,California at age eighty-seven. Manyschools celebrate his birthday each year.
Some schools ask the children to wear pajamas or dress like the cat inthe hat. For food they eat green eggsand ham (Who is Dr. Seuss? 2).Dr.
Seuss attended two colleges Dartmouth andOxford. He received his Bachelor’sdegree while attending Dartmouth. Dr.Seuss went on to Oxford University to get higher honors. There he wrote for a humor magazine and waseditor-in-chief.
He got into sometrouble and was fired but continued to write using his middle name. While attending, he met his classmate andfuture wife, Helen Palmer. She insistedon Geisel pursuing his dream of art. Palmer’s advice led Geisel to drop out of Oxford University and travelaround Europe from 1926-27. Palmer andGeisel married in 1927 and stayed married for forty years until Helen died(Moje & Shyu 671). After Helen’sdeath, Seuss started to gather feelings for a close friend, Audrey StoneDiamond.
They later married on June 21,1968(Daugherty).Seuss’s first wife, Helen said, “Ted doesn’t sitdown and write for children. He writes to amuse himself.
Luckily what amuseshim also amuses them” (Moje & Shyu 672). Many of his illustrations come from his doodling. He said, “My animalslook the way do because I can’t draw” (Moje & Shyu 672). He also says thatmany of his places and creatures came from the memories of places he’svisited. Seuss was challenged by JohnHersey to write a story with a controlled vocabulary but still amuse childrenand parents. The result of thischallenge was The Cat in the Hat. Theodor found this challenge very hard.
Healmost gave up on it because of his frustration until one day he was lookingthrough his pile of scrap illustrations and found one of a cat. He had received a list of vocabulary wordsand found two words that rhymed with cat. Dr. Seuss was also challenged by Bennett Cerf. Cerf challenged Seuss to write a story usingonly fifty words.
Seuss found thischallenge much easier than his other challenge. The result of this “easy” challenge was the popular best seller Green Eggs and Ham! (Moje & Shyu672-673).His writing career flourished when he published hisfirst book, And to Think I Saw It onMulberry Street, in 1937. Thestories just kept coming for Seuss. Almost every year, Seuss published a new book. All of his books seem to teach a lesson orhave a moral to them. Although Seussdenies ever meaning to create the morals, he says that some of his stories justnaturally presented themselves. The mostpopular example of this is Horton Hatchesthe Egg.
In the story, an elephant,Horton, raises a duckling which shows an act of kindness (Moje & Shyu 673). There is a story about Dr. Seuss’sinspiration for Horton Hatches the Egg. It is said that a breeze blew a drawing of anelephant onto a drawing of a tree.
Thatis when the idea flourished and Horton was born (Who is Dr. Seuss? 2).Seuss also wrote his books in result ofcontroversial world events. The Lorax, Seuss’s favorite book, waswritten to spread awareness about environmental concerns, Yertle the Turtle was written as a reaction to the fascism of WorldWar II, and The Butter Battle Bookshows nuclear proliferation. The Lorax even made the Northwestern lumbercompanies so negative that some schools in the area tried to vote to keep thebook of their reading lists at the school (Moje & Shyu 674-675).”Dr.
Seuss” was not his only pen name. With the name “Dr. Seuss” he wroteforty-seven books. Under the name “TheoLeSieg” he also wrote many books. “LeSieg” was just meant to symbolize “Geisel” backwards (Moje & Shyu675)Dr. Seuss’s books included And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. (1937), The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.(1938), The Seven Lady Godivas.
(1939), Horton Hatches the Egg.(1940), McElligot’s Pool. (1947), Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. (1948), Bartholomew and the Oobleck. (1949), If I Ran the Zoo. (1950), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953), Horton Hears a Who! (1954), On Beyond Zebra! (1955), If I Ran the Circus. (1958), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), The Cat in the Hat.
(1957), The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. (1958), Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.(1958), Happy Birthday to You!(1959), One Fish Two Fish Red Fish BlueFish. (1960), Green Eggs and Ham.(1960), The Sneetches and Other Stories.(1961), Dr.
Seuss’s Sleep Book.(1962), Dr. Seuss’s ABC. (1963), Hop on Pop. (1963), Fox in Sox. (1965), I HadTrouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. (1965), The Cat in the Hat Song Book.
(1967), The Foot Book. (1968), I CanLick 30 Tigers Today! and other stories. (1969), I Can Draw It Myself. (1970), Mr.Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970), TheLorax.
(1971), Marvin K. Mooney WillYou Please Go! (1972), Did I EverTell You How Lucky You Are? (1973), TheShape of Me and Other Stuff. (1973), There’sa Wocket in My Pocket! (1974), Oh,the Thinks You Can Think! (1975), TheCat’s Quizzer. (1976), I Can Readwith My Eyes Shut! (1978), Oh Say CanYou Say? (1979), Hunches in Bunches.(1982), The Butter Battle Book.(1984), You’re Only Old Once! (1986),and Oh, the Places You’ll Go. (1990)(Moje & Shyu 674).
Dr. Seuss made children happy for over fifty-fouryears. Over two hundred million copiesof his forty-seven books have been sold all over the world. Parents, grandparents, and children havepurchased his books from places that include, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Italy,Holland, Brazil, Germany, Denmark, and Israel (Moje & Shyu 671). From there to here and here to there, funnythings are everywhere.