Dr Seuss And Children's Literature

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This essay aims to explore the liberal and moral messages found in Dr Seuss’s literature. The lessons to be learned from Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr Seuss were in abundance. Geisel, an author for children and a cartoonist, held strong moralist and liberal values that were very evident in his children’s literature. His strong values were frequently expressed in his literature through use of nonsense words, satire, ridicule, wordplay, and wild drawings which took aim at hypocrites and bullies. Dr Seuss’s liberal and moral outlooks can be found in the following books which will be explored in this essay: Yertle the Turtle (1958), Horton Hears a Who! (1954), The Cat in the Hat (1957), The Lorax (1971) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957). Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American author, poet, and cartoonist, best known for writing children’s literature under the pen name Dr Seuss. His beloved children’s literature has sold over over 600 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages by the time of his death (Morgan & Morgan, 2009). Geisel adopted his ‘Dr Seuss’ pen name during his studies in Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford. However, he left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator (Morgan & Morgan, 2009. His first nationally published cartoon appeared in the July 1927 issue of The Saturday Evening Post (Cohen, 2004). His first children’s book was later published in 1937, And to Think That I
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