Happy birthday to Dr Seuss on his 114th birthday
In celebration of Dr Seuss Day (March 2nd), on what would have been his 114th birthday, we take a look at how his books contain so much advice. From the womb to the tomb, this zany self-proclaimed doctor has something inspiring, motivating and uplifting to cheer readers of all ages.
Five facts you probably didn’t know about Dr Seuss
His birth name was Theodor Geisel – Seuss was his middle name and he used the Dr prefix as a joke because his father had wanted him to become a medic.
He won an honorary doctorate from his former college, years after he had begun calling himself Dr Seuss.
His first book And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street was rejected by 27 publishers.He invented the word ‘nerd’, which appeared as the first recorded use of it in his 1950s book If I Ran the Zoo.
Green Eggs and Ham was the result of a bet between him and his editor, who challenged him in 1960 to write a book using just 50 words.
Popular festive classic animation How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) was not an immediate hit, described as a “costly flop” at the time. It’s now a well-loved favourite.
The wit and wisdom of Dr Seuss
A person’s a person no matter how small is repeated in Horton Hears A Who, which emphasises compassion, equality and respect throughout. At one level this book is about an elephant that hears voices. But it is also about how post-war Japan was treated by America, written after he visited war-torn Hiroshima.
I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.
Dr Seuss was all about finding the funny in anything. He had an ability to see humour in every circumstance, which is a theme throughout his works. From there to here and here to there, funny things are everywhere. His illustrations and creative rhymes contain much hilarity.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
Kick your problems into touch by showing them whose boss, in other words. His optimistic character helped him to live a long and happy life until he died, at his California home, aged 87 in 1991.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Taken from his bestseller Oh the Places You’ll Go, this alludes to the confidence Dr Seuss had in how empowering reading is to take you far in life. That book is often given as a graduation present or on significant milestone birthdays, apparently written to be read to babies in utero.
Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
Dr Seuss’s work often promotes individualism – perhaps unsurprisingly as he was unique in his own quirkiness. And his use of ‘today’ also helps bring the reader into the here and now, which is timeless motivation to live in the present.
And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed).
As far as positivity leading to success goes, Dr Seuss is a fine example, having picked up a Pulitzer prize and two academy awards for filmmaking. He penned more than 60 books.
Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered. Well, whether it is for even managing to raise a smile about Hitler in Yertle the Turtle, for the fond memories we are still making when we read The Cat in the Hat to our children - or the wonderful newer book that was released since his death What Pet Should I Get? - we remember Dr Seuss very well. Happy birthday to the original literary life coach!