Many view Dr. Seuss as just a children’s author but to the unknown his children books are full of political themes, cartoons and moral parables.
Who was Dr. Seus
Theodor Geisel was a German Immigrant
Prize winning author Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote children’s Books filled with political/ social undertones
His political and social involvement during the Great Depression, World War II an onward is present in his early works.
The Early Years
His first “significant outlet for his creative efforts was in a magazine called Judge
Later, in 1927 he wrote ads for an oil company and several others throughout the Great Depression
He believed it was just a matter of time for the war to come our way.
In January 1941 he started a major stance of political cartoons, short stories, and military pamphlets. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he drew a cartoon of an ostrich blown into the sky under the word “WAR”, “I- told-you-so- send off.
From 1941-1943 he drew over 200 political cartoons having a patriotic theme for The New York Newspaper PM.
Service to His country
In 1942 he worked for the War production Board and the American Treasury Department making posters.
Enlisted in the US Army as commander of the Animation Department of the first motion picture unit.
Wrote instructional military pamphlets for the soldiers in an effort to help with World War two.
Years After The war
Devoted a lot of his flair towards political and social change.
Wrote books about preserving the environment.
Civil rights activist
His Hidden Messages
Yertle the Turtle- message was about dictatorship, warning us of vicious dictators such as Stalin.
Horton Hears a Who wrote in 1954 -is about the American occupation in Japan, isolationism and starting of genocide.
Sneetches written in 1961 -is a plea for anti – Semitism.
The Lorax -message about unpolished industrialism for the ecosystem it also addresses capitalist engrossing out of control.
Dr. Seuss’s Recognition
Two Emmy awards
Two Academy awards
The Pulitzer Prize
In the end Dr. Seuss’s political themes in his children’s books are not just for the young, teaching us messages of moral / homely parables.