February 2014 archive

Tidbit History – Along Came Dick and Jane

With the westward expansion in the early 19th century Truman and Smith, publishers in Cincinnati, saw opportunity in the new western empire. They approached a professor of ancient languages at Miami University to write a book to help children learn to read. In 1836 they published THE ECLECTIC FIRST AND SECOND READERS by William Holmes …

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Tidbit History – Green Eggs, 50 Words – 50 Bucks

Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss’ publisher, had once challenged Seuss to write a book using the 235 words he thought every grade-schooler should know. The result was the ground-breaking THE CAT IN THE HAT. Two years later, as a private joke, Cerf bet Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) $50 that he couldn’t write a book using only …

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