Friday, March 02, 2007

Happy Birthday

Dr. Goose!

It's the birthday of the children's book author who wrote under the name Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Geisel, in Springfield, Massachusetts (1904). Seuss made a living selling cartoons to magazines, and he also drew cartoons for advertisements. He published his first book for children, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937. His next few children's books were moderately successful. Then, in 1955, an educational specialist asked him if he would write a book to help children learn how to read. Seuss was given a list of 300 words that most first-graders would know, and he used those words to write The Cat in the Hat (1957). *

And the rest, as they say, is history.

I remember seeing Ted Geisel interviewed once (probably on his birthday). He spoke about how disappointed children were when they met him because he was "just an ordinary guy."

*Thanks to Writer's Almanac.
My son is 22, has a BA in Creative Writing Arts and his favorite author is Dr. Suess!

Enjoy your ball winder. I bought one a couple of months ago and just love it.
I try to write often, and I try to be clever...but I'll settle for words that are written whenever! :-)
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