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Dr. Seuss


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This slideshow explores the life of Dr. Seuss and what world events affected his writing.

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Dr. Seuss

  1. 1. Dr. Seuss What would we do without him? What’s YOUR favorite Dr. Seuss book? Children’s author or political commentator?
  2. 2. One of the most famous authors of all times is Dr. Seuss!
  3. 3. Dr. Seuss was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He died in 1991 when he was 87 years old. A LOT of world events happened during those 87 years.
  4. 4. Dr. Seuss Timeline
  5. 5. Dr. Seuss Timeline (cont’d.)
  6. 6. When Theodor Geisel was 8 years old, the Titanic sank after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.
  7. 7. The Titanic poster tells us that a ticket to Hamburg was $45.00 and a ticket to Plymouth was $36.25. How much less was the ticket to Plymouth than the ticket to Hamburg?
  8. 8. June 28, 1914 What happened?
  9. 9. May2,1918 Former President Theodore Roosevelt publicly embarrassed Ted during a Boy Scout awards ceremony for War Bonds. The former President was not given enough awards to pass out and asked “What’s he doing here?” when he got to Ted Geisel. Dr. Seuss said he was afraid of public speaking because of that experience. What book used the line “A person’s a person, no matter how small?
  10. 10. Right! That line is from the book: Horton Hears a Who. Some people think it refers to the way Ted Geisel felt after being embarrassed by former President Theodore Roosevelt.
  11. 11. In 1917, Ted entered Springfield’s Central High School, just a block or two from Mulberry St., and began writing for the school paper, The Central Recorder. In 1919, Theodor Geisel’s grandfather passed away and so his father became President of the family brewery.He left the German cavalry and moved to America in 1867. The Kalmback and Geisel Brewery was founded in 1876. Why was that NOT a good time to own a brewery?
  12. 12. When Ted went to College at Dartmouth, he drew cartoons for the school newspaper. He was the class clown, a practical joker, and was voted the least likely to succeed in his class.
  13. 13. He started using the name Seuss, his mother’s maiden name, for his writing and drawing after he was punished for drinking on the college campus and banned from participating in extracurricular activities. When was he in college? He attended Oxford after graduating from Dartmouth but did not graduate. Instead he went back to the US in 1927 intending to be an English teacher but ended up writing and making cartoons that he submitted to magazines. He had work published in: • Life • The Saturday Evening Post • Judge (a humor magazine) • Vanity Fair
  14. 14. 1928--First appearance of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in an animated short film Plane Crazy How old was Dr. Seuss when Mickey and Minnie appeared?
  15. 15. After college and travel, Ted Geisel went into the advertising business in New York City. Life was tough but he got a job in 1927 to make ads for Flit, a division of Standard Oil that made bug spray.
  16. 16. This is Dr. Seuss’s first book. It was very hard to get it published: twenty- seven different book companies didn’t like it! Finally, a friend who was a book publisher decided to give it a try in 1937. Now it is famous.
  17. 17. His next books were: 1938 1939
  18. 18. 1939: A tongue-in-cheek reworking of the legends of Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom, in which the seven Godiva sisters vow not to wed until each has discovered a new Horse Truth of Benefit to all Mankind.
  19. 19. Dr. Seuss said that one day, he was sitting in his office with the windows open. A breeze lifted a piece of paper with an elephant sketched on it and laid it down on another drawing of a tree. “All I had to do was figure out what that elephant was doing in that tree.” That story became …
  20. 20. 1940
  21. 21. In 1941, Dr. Seuss took a break from writing books. He cared about politics and during World War II drew many cartoons for a magazine. He also joined the United States Army and helped to make movies for the soldiers.
  22. 22. Some of his cartoons would be considered politically incorrect today.. Why did only a few people object to his cartoons when he published them?
  23. 23. In 1941, Dr. Seuss took a break from writing books. He cared about politics and during World War II drew propaganda cartoons for a magazine. Along with Frank Capra, Mel Blanc, and Chuck Jones, the creator of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Ted Geisel joined the United States Army and helped make training cartoons (about Private Snafu) for soldiers and sailors. Some of them are not appropriate for children. Titles include: • Booby Traps • The Chow Hound • Censorship • Spies • And others…
  24. 24. Dr. Seuss kept writing. He wrote McElligot’s Pool, Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck. 1947 1948 1949
  25. 25. 1950 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1957 1958
  26. 26. Dr. Seuss is different from many writers because most of his books are written in rhyme. To make his rhymes, he would often make up new words, like the Sneetches, the Lorax, and Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz. Did you know he made up the word NERD?
  27. 27. See if you can identify some of the political statements in books by Dr. Seuss. Not all of his books were political, but many had meanings not evident to children.
  28. 28. In 1950 a man named John Hersey studied how kids learn to read. He wrote a report about what he had learned. It said children were having a hard time learning to read because their books were boring!
  29. 29. One of Dr. Seuss’s friends read Mr. Hersey’s report. He called Mr. Geisel and told him he should write a funny book with only a few easy words in it, for kids who were learning to read. It took Dr. Seuss 9 months and he used only 220 easy words. Everybody loved it! That book was…
  30. 30. What was going on in the world that caused Americans to focus on improving education?
  31. 31. Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss produced the animated version of The Cat in the Hat with Dr. Seuss. Quite a few of his books were made into animated cartoons. Some were even made into ‘real’ movies. How did Dr. Seuss know a Hollywood producer?
  32. 32. Dr. Seuss argued for fairness and equity in 1958. Even though WWII had been over for some time, People thought the book referred to which wartime leader? I know up on top you are seeing great sights, But down at the bottom we, too, have rights. And the turtles, of course Yertle the Turtle All the turtles are free As turtles, and maybe, all creatures should be.
  33. 33. Which picture is the correct answer?
  34. 34. Ted also wrote under another pen- name or pseudonym…Theo LeSieg. LeSieg is Ted’s real last name… spelled backwards!!! LeSieg = Geisel
  35. 35. Dr. Seuss also created his own book company to produce a series of books called BEGINNER BOOKS that used pictures and words to get kids to read! Anytime you see this icon…you know this is a book by Dr. Seuss’s book company!
  36. 36. 1958 1959 1960 1960 1961 1962 1963 1963
  37. 37. In 1957, a friend gave him another challenge. Could Dr. Seuss write a book with only 50 different words in it? And he did - Dr. Seuss wrote another very popular book, published in 1960. Dr. Seuss said, “It was the only book I wrote that still makes me laugh.”
  38. 38. Dr. Seuss wrote The Sneetches in 1961 to address how different groups of people didn’t like each other. What events made him believe it was important for people to get along better? I’m quite happy to say that the Sneetches got really smart on that day. The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
  39. 39. 1965 1965 1967 1968 1969 1969 1970 1970
  40. 40. 1971: The Lorax What was going on in the world when this book was published? Did you know this book was BANNED from a school in California in 1989 because parents believed it would portray the loggers as villains? Why would people there be opposed to others thinking badly of the logging industry?
  41. 41. 1972 1973 1973 1974 1974 1975 1978 1979
  42. 42. The book Marvin K. Mooney, Will you Please Go Now! Is NOT just a children’s book. It was a political statement. What was happening in the U.S. then that Dr. Seuss was expressing his opinion about in this book?
  43. 43. 1982 1984 1986 1987 1990 1994 1973/1996 1998
  44. 44. Things were a little quieter in the 80’s but Dr. Seuss wrote The Butter Battle Book about what world situation?
  45. 45. Was that situation…known as? • The Space Race • The Cold War • The Vegan Movement
  46. 46. 1984 TV Theme Songs and Commercials Playlist
  47. 47. Dr. Seuss wrote books with messages about getting along, and pollution.
  48. 48. Published in 1990, Dr. Seuss’s books encourage people to make their own choices. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself Any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy Who’ll decide where to go.
  49. 49. This book was made from a movie Dr. Seuss wrote. He loved Hollywood and film- making. Many of his books were turned into made- for -TV specials. .
  50. 50. All together Dr. Seuss wrote 44 different books. They have been published in 20 different languages, like English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Swahili, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. More than 100 million copies have been sold all over the world.
  51. 51. These are some of the forms of technology that were developed in Ted Geisel’s lifetime. HP-35 Scientific Calculator, introduced in 1972, cost $395.00 The Game Boy, by Nintendo, was released in April 1989 and the cost then was $89.99. In today’s dollars, that would be $169.73. Commercially produced floppy disks were available in 1971. They held 1.2 MB of data. 1000 MB=1GB. Today’s thumb drives typically hold at least 6GB.
  52. 52. Dr. Seuss was still writing books when he died on Sept. 24,1991 at the age of 87. His wife and his friends finished the book he was working on then, Daisy-Head Mayzie.
  53. 53. In 2015, the book “What Pet Should I Get?”
  54. 54. In September, 2019 yet another Dr. Seuss book will be published, even though Ted Geisel died in 1991. The manuscript for this book was recently found in his home. The book’s title is Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum and will feature some of his previous characters as well as reproductions of famous works of art featuring horses.
  55. 55. In 1997, schools all over the United States chose March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, as a day to celebrate reading. We want people to know that reading is important and lots of fun!
  56. 56. The more that you read, The more things you will know, The more that you learn, The more places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss
  57. 57. One interesting place to go is the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden in Springfield, MA
  58. 58. Cohen, C. D. (2004). The Seuss, the whole Seuss, and nothing but the Seuss: A visual biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: Random House. Cook, S. (1994). On the loose with Dr. Seuss, Chicago: Incentive Publications. CNN. (2019). “A never-before released Dr. Seuss book is coming out this fall.” Retrieved 3/8/19 from before-released-dr-seuss-book-is-coming-out-this-fall/26589028 Dartmouth College Library. (1970, January 01). Who's Who & What's What in the Books of Dr. Seuss. Retrieved March 21, 2018, from 1/ocm45408191.html Geisel, T. S., & Minear, R. H. (2001). Dr. Seuss goes to war: The World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: New Press. References
  59. 59. Green, R. (2014). Uncle Sam-I-Am: Dr. Seuss’s Private Snafu. National Archives: The Unwritten Record. Retrieved 2/11/19 from: https://unwritten- Film Inspector. (2016). WWII Dr. Seuss Style. Retrieved 2/15/19 from National Museum of American History. (2019). Electronic calculators- Handheld. Retrieved 2/26/19 from calculators New England Historical Society. (2015). Teddy Roosevelt Humiliates Dr. Seuss. Retrieved 2/22/19 from humiliates-dr-seuss/
  60. 60. San Diego Museum of Art. (1987). Dr. Seuss from then to now: A catalogue of the retrospective exhibition organized by the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California. New York: Random House. Wheeler, J. C. (1992). Dr. Seuss. Minneapolis, MN: Abdo & Daughters. Springfield Museums. (2019). Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden. Retrieved 2/26/19 from sculpture-garden/ Springfield Museums. (2019). Seuss in Springfield timeline. Retrieved 2/26/19 from Book images from
  61. 61. • Modified by Dr. Cheryl Youse, with permission, from works by Karen E. DeFrank, Library Media Specialist, Glassboro, NJ, 2005 and Dr. Alisande Mayer, Library Media Specialist, Valdosta, GA, 2019.