Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
Interesting Facts About Dr. Seuss:
The author didn't have children of his own. He was uncomfortable sitting on the floor to play with them and was hesitant carrying on a conversation with kids not knowing what they would do or say next.
Dr. Seuss' first book was rejected twenty-seven times before it was published in 1937 by Vanguard Press. The title was And to Think That I Saw It on Mulbery Street.
Bennett Cerf promised to pay Dr. Seuss $50 if he could write a book with only fifty words in it, so in 1960 he wrote Green Eggs and Ham.
Dr. Seuss liked to wear a hat called his "thinking cap" while working, sometimes up to eight hours a day, in an old observation tower in LaJolla, California that he and his wife bought.
He was born in Springfield, Mass. and lived on Mulberry Street...used in the title of his first book.
Ever read a Dick and Jane book? Dr. Seuss has been given credit for their demise by replacing them with books that contained interesting characters plots, and funny rhymes. Thank you, Dr. Seuss!!
One in four American children receive a Dr. Seuss book as their first title.
Dr. Seuss wasn't really a doctor. He added that title to his name as a joke, because his father wanted him to get a doctoral degree and teach as a professor in college.