Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Children's Book Review: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Name of Book: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Author / Illustrator: Dr. Seuss (aka Theodore Geisel, Theo LeSieg etc.)
What's It All About: I don't know how you can make it through the world of children's literature and not find Dr. Seuss but if you haven't this is a great place to start! It's just a collection of the way Seuss's mind wrote things for children. 
My Favorite Bit: Oh by far:

Look what we found in the dark in the park
We will take him home. We will call him Clark.
He will live at our house. He will grow and grow.
Will our mother like this? We don't know.

Go Get It: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish  paperback version from Amazon
Suitable Age For Reading It To: Dr. Seuss is for everyone.
A Little About The Author / Illustrator: 
 Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 in Massachusetts.  His father and Grandfather were brewmasters and the family did well for themselves until the onslaught of WW1 and Prohibition, both things that made it hard on a German family who made beer.  While still being officially Ted Geisel, he attended Dartmouth where he became Editor-In-Chief of the Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth's humor magazine.  He was kicked out after being caught having a party with booze (during Prohibition) and so to continue offering pieces for the paper, he began signing his name Seuss, which was his mother's maiden name and his middle name (pronounced officially as Zoice--rhymes with voice).   And that, as they say, is history.
His first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was written on a ship where Seuss said the ship's engines made a chugging sound that inspired him with the cadence for the story.  It was a hard sell and took 27 rejections before finally being accepted.  The Cat In The Hat, possibly Seuss's best known work, was a contract piece for Random House, who asked him to write a children's book primer with only 225 words.  With the publication of the Cat In The Hat, Seuss became a household name.  By the time he died in 1991, Seuss had written and illustrated 44 children's books, which had sold over 200 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

Theodor Seuss Geisel at work

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