Welcome back everybody! It was great to see you all today looking refreshed and ready for a new year of learning. We have some very exciting things planned for the year ahead and we are looking forward to sharing them all with you. To kick the year off we are starting with an Author Study. We wanted to inspire you all right from the beginning and who better to do that than the one and only Dr Seuss! This brilliant man charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents and in the processs has helped millions of kids learn to read.
More about Dr Seuss
Dr Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humerous articles for JUDGE, the leading humour magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as LIFE, VANITY FAIR, and LIBERTY.
He published his first children’s book, AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it. In 1954, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey challenged Geisel to write a story “first graders wouldn’t be able to put down.” And that is just what he did, using a vocabulary of only 236 words. In 1957, Random House published THE CAT IN THE HAT, a book that continues to charm children more than 50 years later. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, and Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honours, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodore Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.