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Here is a picture of the man himself, Dr. Seuss. A little background on him first. His name is Theodore Seuss Gisel. The Seuss part is his mother's madien name. He was given many honarary doctorates, that is where the Dr. part comes in. His father always wanted him to be a doctor, so that works too! Dr. Seuss was kicked out to Dartmouth College, where he was a newspaper editor. He came back to write under the name LeSig. This is Gisel spelled backwards.

•Theodore (Ted) Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Theodore Robert and Henrietta (Seuss) Geisel.

•His high school art teacher told him that he would never learn to draw.

•Members of his high school fraternity voted him the least likely to succeed.

•While drawing a flying cow during a college lecture, a woman named Helen Palmer complimented Ted’s drawing, and encouraged him to pursue an art career.

•Ted and Helen married in 1927 and she continued to support his artistic interests until her death in 1967.

•Ted earned money in the early part of his career by creating advertising art and cartoons for magazines, newspapers, and billboards.

•Ted’s first attempt at writing children’s books was met with rejection after rejection by publishers who insisted it wouldn’t sell because there was nothing on the market like it.

•In 1937, one publishing company decided to give And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street a chance and it was an immediate success. This was the first book that Ted introduced his “new name” - Dr. Seuss.

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•Ted explains how he chose the name - “The ‘Dr. Seuss’ name is a combination of my middle name and the fact that I had been studying for my doctorate when I quit to become a cartoonist. My father had always wanted to see a Dr. in front of my name, so I attached it. I figured by doing that, I saved him about ten thousand dollars.”

•In 1956, his old college presented him with an honorary doctorate degree, making his title official.

•In 1957, he entered a new phase of his writing with The Cat in the Hat. This book marked the start of Beginner Books, a company dedicated to the creation of books written with a limited, simple vocabulary that still have a content that motivates children to read.

•A quote from Dr. Seuss - “I am trying to capture an audience. Most every child learning to read has problems, and I am just saying to them that reading is fun.”

•Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Dr. Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children’s books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.

Here is a foot game. Here is a Seuss Booklet Here are some hat ideas. Here is Hop on Pop
Use this when you read about Horton Use this for Red Fish Blue Fish Here is a Reading Cafe Menu
Cat in the Hat game Cat in the Hat puzzle, over 3 feet tall! Dr. Seuss ABC game Dr. Seuss Trivia Game (use with readers)
Movies: The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham and other stories, The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, and Hoober-Bloob Highway. Click on the names to see them on We usually watch these movies when the weather is bad outside. Here is antother of the books I used to plan.It is called On the Loose with Dr. Seuss. Here is one of the books I used to plan. It is called Dr. Seuss written by TCM. Here is another board game that I use at center time.

Here are some items that I bought at Really Good Stuff

2008 school year, I created Seuss journals. I copied the first page on red paper.
Included in this journal were several pages. On the cover, the children drew a picture of Dr. Seuss.
I showed them several photos of what he looked like. We worked very hard this year at recognizing the
difference between Dr. Seuss the man and Cat in the Hat. This is a pet peeve of mine.
Inside, we all disected the Cat in the Hat book. On another page
To begin our week I created this hat.

This was a cute way to answer the last page- a sort of test. Each space was
room to answer the questions. The first space was what was his real name.
2nd line- What was his first book
3rd line-Wife's name
4th line- Where did he go to school
5th line-
6th line-
7th line-
Here is our completed chart.

Here is a chart that we made to go along with the book, Green Eggs and Ham
We graphed green things that we liked and those that we didn't.
In our packets, there is a rating scale with stars ( I think if I do this packet
again, I will use hats instead) The children decided what each star was worth.
1 star- Really Not Good
2 stars- Little Bit Okay
3 stars- So-So
4 stars- Good
5 stars- Awesome

Here are some links that are worthwhile:

Hubbards Cupboard
Teaching is a Work of Heart
NEA- Read Across America
A to Z Teacher Stuff
Seussville University
Teacher Created Page
Many Seuss Links
Carol Hurst Ideas
A literature guide to Horton Hatches the Egg
Wacky Wednesday Ideas
Cat in the Hat Ideas
Green Eggs and Ham
My Many Colored Days

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