Childhood of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss):
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel. Seuss was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. Growing up, Seuss had two sister named Marnie and Henrietta. Henrietta died at the age of five from pneumonia. When he had free time he was reading comic strips, writing humorous poems, and drawing his own cartoons. Seuss also spent time at the Forest Park Zoo because his father was commissioner.
Education of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss):
Theodor graduated high school from Springfield Public School. He then went onto college at Dartmouth in 1925 and graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree. He then attended Oxford University in England to become a professor, but decided that college was not for him.
Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)'s Marriage:
Seuss found the love of his liffe in college and her name was Helen Marion Palmer. Helen was so in love with Seuss that she asked him to marry her on the back of his motorcycle. He was so excited, he drove off the road and they had no injuries. Helen died on October 23, 1967 from Hodgkin's disease at home. Seuss then married Audrey Diamond in 1968.
Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)'s Career:
Seuss began his career with being an editorial cartoonist and a job in advertising in 1920. These cartoons were sent off to magazines all over New York City. Seuss then began writing books and now has forty-four published, but thirty of these books have been adapted for TV/movies. His first book published was "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street" in 1937. The book "Green Eggs and Ham" was written because Seuss's friend made a bet with him that he could not write a book using fifty simple words. Also, he wrote "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" so that maybe people would start carrying more about the meaning of Christmas, instead of just the presents. The next book, "Oh the Places You'll Go" was wrote to encourage people to go see the world, try new things, and take risks. Dr. Seuss is famous for "The Cat in the Hat" and by the time he was 75 years old million copies were sold from his forty-two books.
When it was time to retire, Seuss did not believe in such of a thing. He enjoyed what he was doing and he was going to keep doing it! He still put in eight hours a day writing and drawing.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) died on September 24, 1991 from a heart attack and cancer.
During the month of March, usually the first school day closest to March 2nd, students get ready to learn all about Dr. Seuss. This day is called Read Across America Day. This day promotes reading for children. Students are encouraged to read and set reading goals!
In 1997, the National Education Association made a moved to create a day to celebrate reading in the United States. Then in 1998, it became an offical day to encourage young readers to read! March 2nd was selected as the date for this because it is the birth date of Dr Seuss. Read Across America Day is not an national holiday, but an observance day.
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