Tuesday, 18 September 2007

About Dr. Suess

Dr Seuss Cat In The Hat Sixth Birthday Badge Card

In the mid 1950s, many Americans were asking themselves: Why can’t Johnny read? In a Life magazine article, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey maintained that American children couldn’t read because their classroom primers were boring and “antiseptic” and could not compete with cartoons, comics, and other more fun and interesting stimuli, so he challenged Theodor Geisel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss, to write a story “first graders wouldn’t be able to put down.” And that’s just what Dr. Seuss did, using a vocabulary of only 236 words. In 1957, Random House published The Cat in the Hat and those 236 words revolutionized the way children learn to read.

Dr Seuss Thing One and Thing Two Second Birthday Badge Card

Learning to read had never been so much fun.

Did you know that this year Dr. Seuss is celebrating 50years!