Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

March 5th, 2011 by melissa g

This past week, Dr. Seuss would have turned 107 if he were still around.

Luckily for us, all of his incredible stories live on for us to enjoy.

Here are some fun Dr. Seuss facts

1. The Lorax is supposedly Dr. Seuss’ take on environmentalism. Loggers were apparently so upset about the book that some sponsored “The Truax,” a similar book — but from the logging point of view.

2. There used to be a line in The Lorax, “I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie,” but the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss creator Theodore Geisel, requesting that he take the line out, and Geisel agreed.

3. If I Ran the Zoo, published in 1950, is the first recorded use of the word “nerd.”

4. Dr. Seuss created The Cat in the Hat because he thought that the famous Dick and Jane primers were incredibly boring.

5. Green Eggs and Ham was written after Dr. Seuss’ editor, bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less.  Green Eggs and Ham uses exactly 50 words.

Here are the 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

6. In Yertle the Turtle, the Yertle character is supposedly based on Adolf Hitler.  The story also included the first burp in a children’s book.

7. Oh the Places You’ll Go was the last Seuss book to be published before his death.  Approximately 300,000 copies are sold every year because so many people give it to college and high school graduates.

*Facts found on abebooks.com


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