Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. Today is Dr. Seuss' 105th birthday!

While most commonly known for his children's books (he wrote over 60 of them), “Dr.” Seuss was both the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper and also drew more than 400 political cartoons in two years for a New York daily newspaper. It was as a college student at Dartmouth that he started signing his work “Seuss.” Once he graduated, he started signing his work as “Dr. Seuss” when submitting it to a humor magazine. After marrying, he continued to write humor and illustrate. When World War II started, he began his political cartooning. Eventually he designed and illustrated posters to support the war effort, and joined the U.S. Army where he was the leader of the animation department.

Neumeier, Russ, Wired News,, March 2 2009

The stories and images of Dr. Seuss parade through all of my childhood memories, and I attribute my early love of reading and writing to my love of his stories.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Tell us how Dr. Seuss impacted you!

Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book?

Mine was always Green Eggs & Ham....until my son was born. Then, I read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish to him over and over and over. I think this must be how it is with all children and their first Seuss book. For YEARS, we fell back on this comfortable story, intoning the rhymes that made up the tiny tale while we delighted in the images on the pages with no need to read the words. Now, I can't help but love this story above all other Seuss tales. It's become a player in the parade of those memories as well.

What's your favorite Dr. Seuss story and/or memory?

Hop on Pop, The Cat in the Hat, or Horton Hears a Who?

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