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On this day in 1904, beloved writer, cartoonist, and poet Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss – was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Though he died 20 years ago, his legacy lives on through the children of past who are now parents today, who are teaching their own children the subtle lessons of the Seuss library.
The author wrote over 60 books (44 for children), the first being “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” which was actually rejected 27 times. Though most of his books were released under the pseudonym, Dr. Seuss, he released others under different names. “Theo LeSieg” released over a dozen books, and as “Rosetta Stone,” he had another.
He has sold over 222 million copies of his books. These days, Spanish-speaking children can enjoy Seuss’ books as well, as over a dozen of them have been translated into Spanish, such as:
• Un pez, dos peces, pez rojo, pez azul (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, blue Fish)
• Yoruga la Tortuga y othros cuentos (Yertle the Turtle and other stories)
• El Lorax (The Lórax)
• Huevos verdes con jamón (Green Eggs and Ham)
• El gato con sombrero (The Cat in the Hat)
• El gato con sombrero viene de nuevo (The Cat in the Hat Comes Back)
• ¡Oh, cuán lejos llegarás! (Oh, the Place You’ll Go)
• ¡Horton escucha a quién! (Horton Hears a Who)
• ¡Yo puedo leer con los ojos cerrados! (I Can Read with my Eyes Closed)
• ¡Cómo el Grinch robó la Navidad! (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
• ¡Hay un molillo en mi bolsillo! (There’s a Wocket in my Pocket)
• Los 500 sombreros de Bartolomé Cubbins (The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins)
• Y pensar que lo vi por la calle Porvenir (And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street)
To this day, Dr. Seuss touches the hearts of people all over the world, included those headed out to face it. His final book, written just a year before his death, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is now a staple to give graduating students, and was even given to this writer as a present from her father.