10 Fun Facts about Dr. Suess

Katherine - posted on 02/27/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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1. He was no saint. In his senior year at Dartmouth, he got busted drinking gin with his buddies. It was in 1925 during prohibition, and he was placed on probation.



2. He wasn't a doctor. He pursued a PhD. in English, but never finished it. He did receive several honorary degrees in his lifetime, however.



3. His first book was "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street." It was finally published in 1937 after being turned down a reported 27 times. His grandparents lived on Mulberry Street.



4. He had no biological children of his own, but invented an imaginary one named Chrysanthemum-Pearl that he used to brag about.



5. "Green Eggs and Ham" contains only 50 different words. He wrote it after a publisher bet him he couldn't write a book with so few words. Dr. Seuss won ... as did we all.



6. One his more obscure books, "The Butter Battle Book" was pulled from library shelves for some time because it referred to the Cold War and the arms race.



7. He based the Grinch character on himself. In 1957, he told Redbook, "I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost."



8. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.



9. "If I Ran the Zoo" holds the distinction of being the first published record of the word "nerd."



10. In all, he wrote and illustrated 44 children's books in his lifetime. Today, there are more than 200 million copies of those books around the world.

What are your favorite fun facts about Dr. Seuss? Which of his books are your favorite?



My favorite book is 'Oh the Places you'll go'



I just know he had a pseudonym.

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Ashley - posted on 02/29/2012

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Love the Lorax... but my favorite was And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Read that when I was a kid all the time. I can never find it though for my own kids :(

Morgan - posted on 02/28/2012

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I have so many faves,

yertle the turtle

Thudwick the big hearted moose

The lorax

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