Dr Seuss: The Cat In The Hat To How The Grinch Stole Christmas?

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The whimsical world of Dr Seuss has mesmerised children for decades. From The Cat in the Hat to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dr Seuss has introduced a world of rhyme and image, with the power to alleviate our boredom, challenge our imaginations, and even shape our young lives. In some ways, Dr Seuss seems as unexpected and paradoxical a character as one of his own creations. His last name wasn 't Seuss, he wasn 't a doctor, and he never had his own children – nor was he particularly comfortable around them. Dr Seuss is the penname of Theodor Seuss Geisel. He began using it as a pseudonym when he was caught with gin in his dormitory and was asked to step down as editor of Dartmouth’s humour magazine. To evade his punishment he started to publish cartoons under the name Seuss. Many of Dr Seuss’s books have an underlying message. During World War II, he was the commander of the Animation Department of the army. He was tasked with creating propaganda cartoons and promotional films of the war. His work on propaganda during the war evidently spilt over into his children’s writing. For example, the story about the power-hungry turtle, Yertle the Turtle, is about Hitler and Horton Hears a Who is an allegory for America’s treatment of post-war Japan. The Butter Battle Book was even banned because of its references to the Cold War. However, of all his books, my favourite has to be The Lorax. The book, which was written almost fifty years ago, has a profound message for modern

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