Theodor Seuss Geisel: Dr. Seuss

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”(Dr. Seuss, the Lorax) The childhood of thousands of adults and children alike were all made memorable because of one man. Theodor Seuss Geisel. His use of words and depictions, although with hidden messages, of daily life has molded the imagination of every child. On March second 1904 a baby boy was born to a Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel, on Howard Street, Springfield, Massachusetts (Cat in the Hat.org). This little boy will soon become the great Dr. Seuss, but for now he was named after his grandfather, Theodor Seuss Geisel. Due to Theodor’s (Ted) family being directly German, they lived a life of poverty. Ted himself was a second generation German so he knew that when World War Two came around he was in a serious quandary. In April 1917, the Germans were at war with the Americans. Ted’s family, from then on, stopped calling themselves German-Americans (Dean 23). Ted’s grandfather owned a brewery of beer. This is what made the family’s income, after the prohibition laws came into play, the brewery went out of business. This caused the Geisel family to go into poverty. Due to the little money the family had, Ted’s sister, Henrietta, died when she was only eighteen months old, due to pneumonia (Dean 20). Ted wasn’t very an academic student. Math was one of his biggest challenges and brought him down. He was a B average student all around, his GPA stood at 2.45 and he ranked 133 out of 387 students in his grade level (Pease 35). Once Ted got older he freed himself from public school and went onto college. Ted attended Dartmouth College in 1921 (Dean 28). After a difficult struggle, keeping up with his English major, he t... ... middle of paper ... ...Web. 29, April, 2014. [www.catinthehat.org/history.htm] Cohen, Charles, D. The Seuss the Whole Seuss and Nothing but the Seuss; A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: Random House, 2004. Print. Dean, Tanya. Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss); Who Wrote That?. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2002. Print. Dr. Seuss. The Sneethces: And Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1989. Print. Pease, Donald, E. Theodor SEUSS Geisel: Lives and Legacies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print Pendergast, Sara and Tom, Pendergast, Ed. Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture Of 20th-Century America: Volume 3; 1940’s-1950’s. Michigan: The Gale Group, inc. 2002. Print. “Seuss Political Cartoons Mixed Whimsy and War.” CNN Interprises. August 30 1999: Web. 07 May. 2014 Weidt, Maryann, N. Oh the Places He Went. Minnesota: The Lerner Group. 1994. Print.

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