Happy Birthday Dear Doctor

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

by Gwendolyn H.

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s (aka Ted Geisel’s) 110th birthday on March 2nd, here are some fun facts about Dr. Seuss:

  1. Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat because he thought that the books used to teach reading (the famous Dick and Jane series) were super boring.
  2. He wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a dare. Ted Geisel’s publisher bet that Geisel couldn’t write a book using only 50 different words.
  3. The 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you. (Can you write a story with the same words?)
  4. He wrote under several different names. His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel and he used several pennames, including: Theo LeSieg (“Geisel” spelled backwards), Rossetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss, and (of course) Dr. Seuss.
  5. His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published. It was finally published in 1937. His grandparents lived on Mulberry Street.
  6. He based the Grinch character on himself. In 1957, he told Redbook, “I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”
  7. If I Ran the Zoo holds the distinction of being the first published record of the word “nerd.”
  8. Writing as Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books that have been translated into more than 15 languages and have sold over 200 million copies around the world.

Join the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday! The Lilac Princesses, Otto from the Spokane Indians, local firefighters, and even the Spokane Valley Mayor will be reading stories while we play games and make Seussical creations.

Sunday, Mar 2 at 1-5pm

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