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Getting to Know Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Giesel
Dr. Seuss' real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. His nick name was Ted. He
was born March 2. 1904. He was born and grew up in Springfield,
Massachusetts. Even when he was a boy, Ted loved to draw gunny
creatures. One of his favorite places to visit was the zoo. That is where he
got ideas for the funny creatures that he drew. In high school, Ted started
writing funny stories to go with his funny creatures.
After college, Ted wrote cartoons and funny articles for magazines. In 1936,
on vacation on board a shop, Ted came up with the idea for the book, "And
to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" whild listening to the rhythm of
the ships engines. This was Dr. Seuss' forst children's book.
In 1954, a report was published that sain that children were having trouble
learning to read because their books were boring. So, Dr, Seuss picked 220
words that are important for beginning readers to learn and wrote "The Cat
in the Hat". Kids and parents loved the story. Dr. Seuss made learning to
read fun!! In 1960, a friend challenged Ted to write an entire book using
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only 50 words. The result was "Green Eggs and Ham".
Theodor Seuss Geisel died on September 24, 1991. He was 89 years old. Dr.
Seuss wrote and illustrated 48 books for children in his lifetime.
After you have read about the funtabulous
Dr. Seuss, print this page and answer the
questions. Turn them in to your teacher for
What was Dr. Seuss' real name?
Which was Ted's first children's book? (mark one)
Fox in Socks
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Why did Dr. Seuss write "The Cat in the Hat"?
Why do you think writing an entire book with only 50 words was a
for Dr. Seuss?
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