Tag: Dr. Seuss

Tidbit Histories – Flash! GRINCH rolls off Seuss’ pen.

Shortly after publishing the ground-breaking THE CAT IN THE HAT in 1957, Ted Geisle set about writing a Dickensian story to protest the commercialization of Christmas. Despite his wife Helen (also his long time editor) claiming that his first drawings of Papa Who made him look like a bug and his struggles with the conclusion, …

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Tidbit Histories – Horton or Hitler; Which Will It Be?

New Year’s day in 1940 found Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) back as his desk overlooking Park Ave. THE KING’S STILTS had been published the previous year to luke-warm reviews and sluggish sales. On his desk were two unrelated sketches on transparent paper, one of a rather friendly looking elephant and the other of a tree. …

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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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Tidbit History – Two Little Words, Hat – Cat

The publication in 1955 of Rudolf Flesch’s WHY JOHNNY CAN’T READ fueled concerns about growing illiteracy among children. William Spaulding, from Houghton Mifflin’s educational division, was convinced that a new primer would do wonders and developed a list of 225 words that every first grader should be able to read. He then invited his friend …

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