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Certainly the most popular of all American writers and illustrators of picture books, Geisel made his pseudonym Dr. Seuss famous to several generations of children and their parents. Geisel developed a rhythmic form of poetry that relied on quick rhymes and wordplay reminiscent of Mother Goose rhymes. He combined this with exaggerated cartoon like illustrations of fantasy characters to entice children into stories that contained important messages, often presented with a great deal of irony and satire.
Geisel always embraced the imagination of children and condemned adults' inability to join into it, using the child's view to reveal the flaws in society. His first picture book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), describes a child's adding more and more imaginative elements to the story that he plans to tell about what he saw on the way home, only to end with the child actually telling the truth: he saw only a very uninteresting horse and cart.
The Cat in the Hat (1957), written as a beginning reader, portrays two children having a magical afternoon with a strange cat while their mother is away, complete with a frantic cleanup before their mother can find out what they have done. This is probably his most famous work. Geisel's later books took on social questions more directly. The Butter-Battle Book (1984) condemned the cold war, and it is often removed from children's sections of libraries for political reasons.
Likewise, The Lorax (1971), which condemned the destruction of the ecology, has also been banned. Altogether, Geisel wrote and illustrated 47 books, which have sold more than 100 million copies in 18 languages. In 1984 he received a Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to children's literature. More than a dozen of his books are still in print. His title The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List for 2011. In 2012 his work The Cat in The Hat made The New York Times Best Seller List.
Horton Hears a Who!
Horton the Elephant hears a cry for help from a speck of dust and tries to protect the tiny creatures who live on it from the other animals. When his friends accuse him of imagining things Horton persuades the Whos to make as much noise as possible to prove they do indeed exist. Academy Award®-winner Dustin Hoffman's masterful narration, along with original music and sound effects, brings to life the heartwarming tale of Horton the elephant.
Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton is persuaded to sit on an egg whiles its mother, Maysie, takes a break. What Horton doesn't know is that Maysie is setting off for a permanent vacation in Palm Springs. He waits, and waits some more, through a freezing winter and a spring filled with insults from his friends. When the egg finally hatches everyone is in for a surprise.
Thidwick, The Big-Hearted Moose
This classic Seuss take features Thidwick, a happy-looking moose from Lake Winna-Bango with incredible antlers and a kind heart. Everyone takes advantage of his generosity and soon he has most of the other animals nesting on the top of his head. Will anyone take pity on him, or will he be able to cross the lake to rejoin the herd before winter?