Dr. Seuss and His Impact on Education and Literature,Pt.1
by Dick Leonardo
March 02 1904 Theodor Seuss Geisel was Born better Known Worldwide as
So Happy Birthday Good Doctor
In Honor of the Birthday of DR. Seuss we have a four part Series this week for all interested fans (and isn’t that everybody)
And Now An Introduction to the World of Seuss
As a child, there are certain aspects of childhood that stick with us for the rest of our lives: our experiences in the classroom and at home have a tendency to define us as we grow older. The books we read, the stories we were told, the television shows we watched – each taught us lessons that would prepare us for a future in the adult world. We may not have seen the long lasting effects of these brightly colored illustrations and cartoons in our youth, but as adults we can look back and see just how the pop culture we were exposed to as children has shaped us into who we are today.
When thinking of this phenomenon, certain people come to mind: Walt Disney, Judy Blume, and Bill Nye (the Science Guy) are some names people of all ages can recognize from their childhood. Who could forget the lessons we learned from these geniuses and their timeless works? Despite the massive impact these men and women had on children’s literature and education, another highly influential name has yet to be mentioned: Theodor Seuss Geisel, more affectionately known as Dr. Seuss, is potentially the single most recognizable name in all of literature. And rightfully so – who could forget Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in the Hat? Adults and children across all generations can relate to the wise words of Dr. Seuss and his works, and one can only imagine how much longer his legacy will stay alive. Nearly 80 years after the publication of his first children’s book, Dr. Seuss and his works are still relevant today, and in this series we are going to discuss just how much of an impact these brightly colored children’s books (and movies) shaped literature and education today.
Dr. Seuss began publishing children’s books in 1937, with is first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street; after the release of his first book, Seuss joined the animation department of the U.S. Army, went on to create short, animated films during World War II. After the war, he returned to writing children’s books, using a common poetic meter to give his stories charm and distinction. His unique way of storytelling caught on with parents, teachers, and children alike, and soon his books began to fly off of shelves across America. Dr. Seuss tales became standard bedtime stories as well as integral parts of classroom curriculum, soon establishing the writer as the legend he is today.http://www.bookroomreviews.com/dr-seuss-and-his-impact-on-education-and-literature-pt-2/
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