Unforgettable Dr. Seuss

  Dr. Seuss himself
  ”Want to see Dr. Seuss? I’ll drive him to the airport in a while.”
  ”Really Dr. Seuss?!” I
  still remember the conversation with my dad many years ago. When I heard the words “Dr. Seuss”, my little heart thumped happily. At the time, Dad was a sales manager at Random House, the publisher of Dr. Seuss’ books. Dad knows that I’ve been a huge Dr. Seuss fan since the day he brought home the Cat in the Tall Hat. The big happy cat in the book with the top hat and the wagging tail really fascinates me.
  The car stopped at the entrance of the hotel, and a tall man walked out of the hotel. He wore a pair of black wide-brimmed glasses and a delicate bow tie. My father introduced to me: “This is Mr. Theodore Geisel, and Dr. Seuss is his pseudonym.” I was extremely puzzled, not believing that the serious-looking “Doctor” in front of me was the famous Dr. Seuss, and more Couldn’t relate him to that crazy naughty cat. Because there is no trace of a happy cat in him.
  While Dad was driving to the airport, Mr. Geisel would occasionally turn his head to ask me questions in the back seat and listen patiently to my answers. As I approached the New York airport, I asked my dad, “What does ‘Edwight’ mean?” Dad casually told me that it was the old name of New York Airport. Within a minute, Mr. Geisel handed me a note with a drawing of a kangaroo-like animal, as thin as a stalk, baring its teeth and smiling at me, its feet like a punt and its tail. like a baseball bat. “Edwight is a wild kangaroo!” he told me with a smile. At that moment, I was delighted to discover the shadow of Happy Cat from him. It turned out that he was really Dr. Seuss in my mind!
  Before Dr. Seuss, the older generation of children’s writers wrote books with clichéd plots that repeatedly told children to listen to adults and failed to arouse children’s interest in reading. As early as the late 1950s, American educators warned that if this continued, the United States would lose an entire generation of readers. Dr. Seuss’s works are quite different. The plot is full of mischief and fun, and the characters are full of fun. Every page will make children laugh, and every book will make children love it. Not only that, the content of the story is not only interesting but also quite meaningful, and its educational significance is no worse than that of old-fashioned books.
  In Dr. Seuss’s stories, most of the characters are like children, with little power, but their moral standards are not low at all. For example, Horton, the patient elephant in “Horton Hatches the Eggs,” promises to incubate a mother bird’s eggs until she returns. In order to keep his promise, Holden carefully sat on the bird’s egg, endured the ridicule of the crowd, defied the hunter’s sharp arrow, faced the wind and snow, and persevered to the end.
  Dr. Seuss is a perfectionist, and it can take a full year to conceive a work. Sometimes in order to determine the final theme and illustrations, he would not hesitate to delete 95% of the content already written. In addition, unlike many other authors who deal with Dad, Dr. Seuss never asks for remuneration in advance, and always waits until the final submission of the work before taking his own income. Perhaps it is because of such seriousness and enthusiasm that Dr. Seuss’s works are deeply loved by children. They have been translated into 20 languages, sold nearly 600 million copies, and won the Pulitzer Prize.
  I remember when I was 13, my family visited Dr. Seuss’s house. As soon as I entered the door, a different ornament on the wall caught my eye. It looked like a hunted trophy, but the blue-green color was a little weird. After getting closer, I could see clearly that the guy was showing fangs made of brushes, horns on his head, and he was grinning slyly. Dr. Seuss smiled and told me, “It’s the blue-green Abelard.” It was a cartoon in his book. He then showed me other Dr. Seuss-esque trophies, some from the kitchen, some from the bathroom, and some from the tool shed in the garden.
  cow with wings
  Although Dr. Seuss with a pen is witty and humorous, he always seems a little nervous in front of people, which stems from his introverted shyness as a child. During World War I, 13-year-old Theodore Geisel joined the Boy Scouts and helped sell war bonds. That year, the children achieved remarkable results, setting sales records, and President Roosevelt personally presented them with awards. During the ceremony, the Boy Scouts sat neatly on the stage, waiting for their names to be called to accept the reward. In the end, there was only Geisel left on the stage. President Roosevelt looked at the list in his hand, looked at him again, and asked, “What does this kid do?” Due to negligence, Geisel’s name was omitted. . Years later, Dr. Seuss told people that he was shy and rarely gave speeches, saying: “I can still hear people asking ‘what is this kid for?’ Don’t go.” Not only that, but Geisel seems to have been undervalued since he was a child. In the art class in high school, the teacher told him mercilessly: “You will never learn to draw.” In college, other members of the club also concluded that he would not be able to do great things in the future. Even when he was studying for a master’s degree at Oxford University in England, he hated speaking, and the awkwardness of his childhood seemed to have grown up with him.
  Once in class, he drew a cow with a pair of wings, a figure like an acrobat, and a perverse expression. Suddenly, he heard a low female voice say, “What a great flying cow.” Geisel looked back and saw a beautiful blonde smiling mischievously at him. Her name is Helen Palmer, and she’s working on a PhD in English literature. And just like that, she became Dr. Seuss’s first fan and later his first wife. In 1927, Geisel sold a painting titled “The Turtles Drinking Eggnog” to a magazine, and the royalties paid for their wedding.
  Geisel did not complete his studies at Oxford, dropped out, and then went to the Sorbonne in Paris for a short period of study, and then the husband and wife settled in New York. The income from painting for the magazine has to pay for the days of tea, rice, oil and salt. His wife Helen needs to go out to teach to make a living and support her husband in painting. Despite the hardships of life, Geisel still insists on creating lively and lovely cartoons and still maintains his unique sense of offbeat humor.
  Once, he drew a cartoon of a samurai samurai being infested by a dragon who, because of his negligence, forgot to spray a popular pesticide on his castle, allowing the dragon to take advantage of it. The painting caught the eye of an advertising executive, and Geisel was soon hired to create more flying monsters specifically for the ad theme. Over the next 12 years, this series of ad creatives gave Geisel a steady and lucrative income during the Great Depression. Geisel, however, always wanted to be an educator and a writer.
  In 1936, on the way home by boat from Europe, he composed several brisk and clear rhymes with the rhythm of the engine. Back in New York, he inserted the poems into the children’s book “I Think I Saw It on Mulberry Avenue.” The story is about a young boy who spends his days fantasizing about the impossible on Mulberry Street where he lives. It was in this book that he first used the pseudonym “Dr. Seuss”. Unfortunately, after the book was completed, it was rejected by 27 publishing houses, who thought the storyline was too absurd and stupid, and those rhyming poems were meaningless. After a whole year of bumping into walls everywhere, an editor at a publishing house finally agreed to take the risk, and “Dr. Seuss” was born.

  Cat After a few more years, Dr. Seuss was touched by the community’s call to increase children’s motivation to read. He carefully selected 200 English words and was determined to write a simple book for children in the first grade of primary school. For the next six months, he lingered in front of the drawing board for 8 hours a day, but suffering from no inspiration, his creation has been stagnant. One day, his eyes inadvertently landed on an old sketch of a cheeky cat wearing a high hat and its tail curled up like a thick cable. This mischievous cat is sure to please the kids.
  A year and a half later, Dr. Seuss used 236 English words to craft a bizarre and interesting story. It tells the story of a cat and two children: on a rainy day, the two children are alone at home. In order to make them happy, the cat conjures them up and turns the house upside down. The cat in the story talks like a human, walks on two feet, and wears a tall, red and white hat with a large red bow tied around its neck. ] At the end of 1957, “Cat Wearing a Tall Hat” was officially published, which was immediately loved by children, and sold 500,000 copies in the first year. Dr. Seuss’s desire to make children fall in love with reading has finally come true, and this is the greatest significance of this book’s publication. That’s right, “The Cat in the High Hat” makes children fall in love with writing and reading.
  In 1958, Random House established the Primary Book Publishing Department, which was responsible for the publication of simple books for children. Dr. Seuss and his wife were invited to serve as the director of the department. Their books changed the way children read, far beyond the dreams of all but Dr. Seuss himself. Since then, three or four-year-old children can read and write, and primary school students in the first grade can read.
  Dr. Seuss, holding a pen, is never afraid of challenges. In 1959, Random House partner Bennet, Cerf, bet $50 that he couldn’t write a coherent, vivid children’s book in just 50 words. But the results were astonishing—the following year, Green Eggs and Ham was born, and the children loved the story, and it used exactly 50 words.
  As I grew up myself, I admired Dr. Seuss’ writing style more and more, expressing profound meaning in simple words, which impressed me. I even took Dr. Seuss’s book with me when I went to college, on the one hand, for those fond memories of my childhood, and more importantly, those bizarre stories that allowed me to distinguish right from wrong. Maybe I’m too old to read Dr. Seuss stories, but the deep morals of those stories never go out of style for me.
  The last time I saw Dr. Seuss was a chance encounter at a book fair that I took my kids to visit. He didn’t look the same as before, just slightly old and frail. When I saw my eldest son Alexander, Dr. Seuss grimaced and stared at him with wide eyes, I suddenly realized that I still believed that there was a naughty and cute “cat” hiding in Dr. Seuss’ body. The difference is that the cat can perpetuate in the future world with its wit and lawless, raucous and mischievous charm, but Dr. Seuss himself cannot. In 1991, at the age of 87, Dr. Seuss left us forever. My 5-year-old son, Nick, lay down on the table and cried, “Dr. Seuss should live forever.”
  At night, I sat by Nick’s bed and read “Cat in the Tall Hat” to him again. The story of the big cat conjuring his tricks, tidying up and leaving while the two kids watch him, fascinates Nick deeply:
  We watch him pick up everything that has fallen on the floor.
  It picks up cakes, rakes, and coats,
  fans, cups, boats, and fish.
  He put them back together and said, “Just here.”
  Then it disappeared with its hat.
  Closing the book and turning off the light, I imagined that one day Nick would read this book to his children too. Nick is right, “Theodore, Geisel will leave us, but Dr. Seuss and the cat in the tall hat will never.” Life of
  Dr. Seuss
  Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), formerly known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, was the most popular children’s writer, illustrator and educator in the United States in the 20th century.
  Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University to study literature. Dr. Seuss’s return to the United States in 1927 coincided with the Great Depression, which forced Dr. Seuss to temporarily abandon his dream of being a serious literary writer and instead pursue advertising painting and design. He has created countless wonderful works throughout his life, and has been designated as a reading guide for children by the US Department of Education, and has become a well-known early education book in Western countries. His works have won the Caldecott Award, the highest honor in American picture books, and the Pulitzer Prize for Special Contribution. He died in San Diego in September 1991 at the age of 87.
  Major works
  ”Houghton Hatching the Egg” (1940), “Houghton and the Nameless” (1954), “Christmas in the Grinch” (1957), “Yelt the Turtle” (1958), “Green” Eggs and Ham (1960), Ten Apples (1961), Lorax (1971), People (1972), The Butter War (1984) and Oh Where You Go” (1990).
  Style of Works
  Dr. Seuss ‘s writings are humorous and humorous, with clear and regular rhythms; the easy-to-remember and easy-to-recite verses are a prominent mark of the text of his stories. In terms of plot structure, many storylines contain exaggeration and fantasies with unexpected endings, thus forming a typical Dr. Seuss plot pattern.
  Saturated, bright color blocks with black outlines are typical of the picture. In addition, simple lines, exaggerated shapes, combined with original animation images and twists and turns and vivid storylines combine to demonstrate the style of his works.
  the meaning of the work
  Dr. Seuss’s works contain advanced humanistic spirit and educational concepts, such as equality, responsibility and environmental protection, etc., which can not only greatly enrich children’s imagination, enlighten children’s wisdom, improve children’s reading and writing skills, but also provide teachers and teachers. Parents find a special key to understanding children’s minds. Not only that, he completely treats children as adults, “indulgence” them to the maximum extent, and even dares to stimulate their subconsciously suppressed self.
  Film and television works
  In 1966, Dr. Seuss authorized the famous animation artist Chuck Jones to turn “The Fake Santa” into the cartoon “The Grinch”. This film is very faithful to the original work and is still considered by many to be a A classic and included in the annual Christmas special. Later, “Horton Hears a Whoosh”, “The Fluffy Tree” and “Cat in a Tall Hat” were also put on the screen. In 2000, Hollywood remade “The Grinch”, and invited popular comedy star Jim Carrey to star in it, and the box office was soaring. In 2003, Hollywood once again put “Cat in the High Hat” on the screen, and invited Mike Myers to star.
  In memory of Dr. Seuss
  In 1995, the UC San Diego library was named the “Geisel Library” in honor of his and his wife’s contributions to the library.
  In 2002, “Dr. Seuss National Sculpture Park” opened in his birthplace of Springfield, Massachusetts.
  On March 2, 1998, the American Education Association designated Dr. Seuss’s birthday as National Reading Day, and the first national reading list was born, the biggest event ever to encourage reading in this country.

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