|he even had his own stamp!|
We all know his books, but how much do we actually know about the man? Here are a few facts I dug up on one of my favorite author…
* He came from a family of German brewmasters, which is probably why he loved to throw a big party in his Dartmouth days.
* His widow says he wasn’t crazy about kiddos, but they wanted them and couldn’t have them. He made up a fake child to reference when his friends bragged about their own kids.
* He wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet! His editor bet him $50 that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 different words.
* He’s an Oscar winner! He won an Academy Award for a documentary called Design for Death, about the US occupation in Japan after World War II.
* Horton Hears a Who was written as an allegory for America’s treatment of the Japanese following World War II. (he must have loved the Japanese like I do!)
* The Butter Battle Book was influential in the anti-arms race during the Cold War.
* He’s not a doctor, and his last name isn’t even Seuss! He’s Theodore Seuss Geisel, and the name got started as a pen name when he was the humor editor of his college newspaper.
* He created many words, but the word “nerd” is all his own. It first appeared in If I Ran the Zoo.
* The voice of Tony the Tiger sang the song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” in the original cartoon special (the only one that matters), but he didn’t get any on-screen credit for it. Dr. Seuss wrote letters to editors of newspapers all over the country to correct the mistake.
* He wrote Cat in the Hat because he thought the Sally, Dick and Jane books were boring.
What do you think? What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?