The boy who lived on Fairfield Street, Dr Seuss

Ten years ago, when I first was introduced to Dr. Seuss, I was not very excited about his art, it seemed to me plain crazy.  However, 10 years in the States, 4 children and homeschooling have changed my perspective.  I like his art, I love his books, I really enjoy his rhymes and how he plays with the language, and even I laugh at his sense of humor.

Celebrating his birthday was not on my plans, but learning more about him, as part of our Biography studies was a must.  These are a few interesting things we learned about him,

seuss geiselHis real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, He went by Ted.   He was born on March 2nd, 1904.  He lived on Fairfield Street, Springfield Massachusetts.

His mom, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, encouraged his imagination and art.

His Dad worked in a zoo, animals were a favorite topic at the dinner table.

His first stuffed animal, and favorite for many years to come, was a plump dog named Theophrastus.

Growing up he drew the animals he saw in his father’s zoo and imaginary creatures that popped in his head.

When he tried to take art classes in high school, he was scolded for braking rules. He never took any art class after that.

He was embarrassed by Ex-president Roosevelt during a boy Scout condecoration, when the President blurted, “what this little boy doing here?” It seemed Roosevelt had only nine medals, and Ted was the tenth scout in line.  No one knew what to do with the miss understanding.  After a painful silence, Ted was guided offstage.

He graduated form Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.  When he was the college magazine Editor, he started to sign his work as Dr. Seuss, his mother’s maiden name and his own middle name.

He married Helen Palmer, the woman that told him “that is a very good flying cow”.

He sold over sold over 600 million copies.

His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Among his most popular books are,

  • Green Eggs and ham (this one contains only 50 words)
  • The cat in the Hat
  • One Fish Two Fish Red fish Blue fish.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • The Lorax
  • The Foot Book
  • His latest book published before his dead was, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”.

You can find some of his book en Español

Oh, cuán lejos llegarás.

Eres tu mi mamá

Huevos Verdes con Jamón.

Yoruga la Tortuga

¿Horton Escucha a Quien?

¿Cómo el Grinch robó Navidad?

One of my favorite quotes,

dr seuss

 

 

 

 

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