Friday, March 2, 2012

Free for All Friday, March 2 - Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Before we go into the weekend, I thought I'd share some fun and interesting facts about the birthday boy, Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss created the word "nerd" in his 1950 book, If I Ran the Zoo.  The adjective "nerdy" popped up in the late 70s.

Dr. Seuss also created the word "grinch" in 1958.  Converse has a line of Chuck Taylor shoes based on characters from Dr. Seuss books.  I bought my daughter the Green Eggs & Ham high tops for Christmas and she squealed like a toddler.

 The Cat in the Hat was written because Dr. Seuss found the Dick and Jane primers boring and didn't think kids would learn to read if they used them.

Green Eggs & Ham was written on a bet with his editor that Dr. Seuss could not write a book using 50 words or less.  Dr. Seuss used exactly 50 words and won $ 50 in the process.  The words 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.

"Geisel's cartoons also called attention to the early stages of the Holocaust and denounced discrimination in the USA against African Americans and Jews. Geisel himself experienced anti-Semitism: in his college days, he was mistaken for a Jew and denied entry into conservative social circles, although he was actually of German ancestry and a practicing Christian.

Seuss has stated that the titular character Yertle represented Adolf Hitler, with Yertle's despotic rule of the pond and takeover of the surrounding area parallel to Hitler's regime in Germany and invasion of various parts of Europe."

Dr. Seuss' real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel

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