Facts about Dr. Suess

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The books ‘œGreen Eggs and Ham’, ‘œThe Cat in the Hat’, and ‘œThe Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ written by Dr. Suess are timeless. The originality of the text and illustrations makes Dr. Suess beloved by children and adults alike. But was he really a doctor? And where did he get his ideas? Find out with these interesting facts about the beloved author.

Fact 1: He was born in Springfield, Massachusettes on March 2, 1904.

Fact 2: His real name was Theodore Suess Geisel.

Fact 3: He wasn’t a doctor. He did pursue a Ph.d in English but never finished it. He received honorary degrees throughout his life.

Fact 4: His first book ‘œAnd to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street’ was rejected twenty seven times before it was finally published in 1937.

Fact 5: All together he wrote and illustrated forty-four children’s book.

Fact 6: He didn’t care much for children. In fact, he is reported as once saying, ‘œYou have ‘˜em. I’ll amuse ‘˜em’.

Fact 7: He had no children of his own but invented one called Chrysantemum-Pearl.

Fact 8: Dr. Suess based ‘œThe Grinch’ on himself. He said he lost the magic of Christmas and needed to get it back.

Fact 9: ‘œYertle the Turtle’ was about Hitler and it contained the first burp in a children’s book.

Fact 10: During the Great Depression, Dr. Suess started drawing advertising cartoons. During his career he drew for companies such as NBC, General Electric, Standard Oil, and Narragansette Brewing Company.

Fact 11: In 1950, he coined the word ‘œnerd’ in his book ‘œIf I ran the Zoo’.

Fact 12: During WWI, he created propaganda films for the army.

Fact 13: He died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California.

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