Dr Seuss ~ The Entertainer

Day 299 of Colourisation Project – March 2

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

When cartoonist and writer, Dr. Seuss was asked how he could connect with children in spite of not having his own, his stock answer was, “You have ‘em, and I’ll entertain ‘em.” And that’s just what he has done, down through the decades. His catchy rhymes and characters captured the imaginations of children the world over and became the new standard in children’s publishing.

Source: Library of Congress ~ Theodor Seuss Geisel 1957 ~ Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Born this day, March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, Theodor Seuss Geisel published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937. This book, which he also illustrated was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press. Talk about perseverance!

This was followed by a string of best sellers, including Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Fox in Socks The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat, all of which have cemented Geisel’s place in children’s literature. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages with over 200 million copies sold.

Seuss was his middle name as well as his mother’s maiden name and whilst the actual German pronunciation of ‘Seuss’ rhymes with ‘voice,’ the American pronunciation, rhyming with ‘juice’ stuck. He started using ‘Dr. Seuss’ after graduating college, as a consolation to his father for never pursuing medicine.

For books that Geisel wrote and others illustrated, such as I Wish That I Had Duck Feet, published in 1965, he used the pen name, ‘Theo LeSieg’, (LeSieg being ‘Geisel’ spelled backwards.)

Geisel, who started out as a cartoonist for The Saturday Evening Post, published over 60 children’s books, sixteen of which are on Publishers Weekly‘s list of the “100 Top-Selling Hardcover Children’s Books of All-Time.”

Giesel died of oral cancer in 1991 at the age of 87, in La Jolla, California.

In 1984 Giesel won a special Pulitzer Prize, citing his “contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.”

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“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”   ~   Dr. Seuss

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