Monday March 1, 2004

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things
are everywhere.

March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to millions of children as Dr. Seuss. Theodor Geisel died in 1991. This March 2, 2004 (tomorrow) would have been his 100th birthday.

cathat_tall Dr. Seuss is best known as the author and illustrator of 44 books, beginning with "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" and going on to include "The Cat in the Hat", "Green Eggs aand Ham", "One Fish, Two Fish", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and many more. By 1991, his books had been translated into more than 15 languages.

Besides the books, the stories and characters of Dr. Seuss have provided the basis for eleven animated television specials, one Broadway musical and (so far) two feature-length live-action motion pictures. Dr. Seuss was awarded two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize for his work.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is at the Quadrangle in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Theodor Geisel.

"The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted's career, developed as part of a unique joint venture between Houghton Mifflin (Vanguard Press) and Random House. Houghton Mifflin asked Ted to write and illustrate a children's primer using only 225 "new-reader" vocabulary words. Because he was under contract to Random House, Random House obtained the trade publication rights, and Houghton Mifflin kept the school rights. With the release of The Cat in the Hat, Ted became the definitive children's book author and illustrator." [ cf. All About Dr. Seuss ]

Each year since 1998, the National Education Association (NEA) produces Read Across America, the nation's largest reading event, started as a way to get kids excited about reading. The year-round program culminates each year on or near Dr. Seuss's birthday. This year, "NEA joins Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House and First Book in celebrating a century of achievements by America's most beloved children's author. Visit the official Seussentennial Web site for more information."


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! ( in category Noteworthy , Special Interests ) - posted at Mon, 01 Mar, 14:35 Pacific | «e»