The format chosen for this project will be based on research and reading of Dr. Seusses collection of books. In addition to this research, side historical research describing the current political and national and international current events will also influence the body of work. Dr. Seuss was shown to demonstrate political perspectives reflecting an anti-fascist persuasion and distaste for people like Hitler and Hideki Tojo. Piecing together Dr. Seuss’s perspective through this lens, my research will show how this passion continued with his work addressing environmental issues in a child friendly narrative. Such books like, Yertle the Turtle and his anti-Nuclear position in the writing of The Butter Battle Book in I 1984.
It surprised me at first that Contemporary Realistic Fiction is the most popular genre in children’s books. But after reading this it made more sense why contemporary realistic fiction is the most popular genre. It approaches the reality of children’s own lives. They can also connect to it so much easier than other genres.
Geisel drew in different mediums and for different audiences. He had a 30-year career in advertising, drawing for major companies like Standard Oil (Morgan & Morgan, 1995). His ad for an insecticide called Flit became the “Got Milk?” of the time period (Morgan & Morgan, 1995). He spent 3 years drawing political cartoons for a New York Magazine, PM (Morgan & Morgan, 1995). And of course, Geisel illustrated and wrote children’s primers (Morgan & Morgan, 1995). However, he also dabbled in the world of animation during his stint in what he dubbed “Fort Hollywood”, to create training videos for the troops during WWII (Morgan & Morgan, 1995). His second wife, Audrey Geisel, also dabbled in animation after the death of her husband in 1991 (Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, 2016). She has co-produced all of the Dr.Seuss movies that have come out in recent years, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, The Grinch, and The Lorax (Morgan & Morgan, 1995); (Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, 2016). Mrs. Geisel has also worked in conjunction with Seuss’ same publisher, Random House, to continue generating his unpublished children’s novels (Morgan & Morgan, 1995); (Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine,
Throughout his life Dr. Seuss became a well known child writer. He used various books to bring awareness to bring attention to different problems in the environment. One good example is The Lorax. It shows how one human finds something he can make out of trees, but does not conserve or preserve. He just uses as many trees as he wants because of how many there are. Eventually, it caught up to him. He ran out of trees and with this he ran out of money. Without trees, the town had to run on artificial air because the trees could not produce it. From this lesson, the public could learn as well. Although this book is intended for kids, mature audiences can find a lesson in it as well.
Art and books: We created Dr. Seuss’s famous hat, by using red, white stripes papers and crayons. We traced, cut, and colored letter Ii. Mrs. Miller was impressed with the children's imagination this week while creating various art projects including Dr. Seuss shapes, Stamp Paintings, and Rainbow Paper. We read the following stories; “The Cat In The Hat, “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”, “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories”, “Thidwick the Moose”, “Oh the Thinks You Can Think”, “Go, Dog, Go”, “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”, and watched Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs & Ham” movie.
Seuss is one of the most inspiring writers, and his skill to capture children’s attention. As well as a brief overview of what he went through to be where he is in society now. These changes didn’t just happen instantly, it took plenty of time, patience, and motivation. Throughout his life, it seems he was most creative as a child. His love for animals, reading comic strips, and writing poems allowed him to be successful and do what he loves the most. That is what is so inspiring about Dr. Seuss is he went with his natural talent and did something that he enjoys. I am very happy that until this day his books still reach out and inspire many. I do feel as if his stories were a big influence in my life even till this day. It is important that teachers still utilize his stories the right way and help our new generation of students. Though his stories are historically old, they still retain plenty of
Dr. Seuss is well known for his inspirational yet creative writing. He is able to motivate others through his life lessons he teaches through books. He has accomplished much while he was alive and won’t be forgotten for a while. Dr. Seuss is pasted in the minds of children and adults, due to his talents of being an
Seuss made the wacky style of drawing he used work in his books work (s2).He started with drawings then added dialogue to make his books flow with the pictures (s2).Seuss created new and unique concepts and ideas when it came to writing and illustrating books (s1). Seuss Created whimsical books for children and adults by illustrating and writing most of them (s1).
As Dr. Seuss once said, “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” Theodor Seuss Geisel, formally known as Dr. Seuss, is considered by many people to be one of the most influential authors and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With over sixty books written and illustrated, many of them rewarded, Seuss left a lasting impact on kids and adults all over the world. Seuss combined whimsical drawings and rhyming words to give readers an unforgettable story. Seuss’ stories appear in households and libraries all over the world, making him the most popular children’s book author. According to Publisher’s Weekly, Seuss’ books appear numerous times on the top best selling children’s books of all time. Seuss not only provided unforgettable stories for children to read all over the globe, but he set a precedent for many films, stories, and television shows in decades to come. Seuss is famous for not only his witty drawings and words, but also the unforgettable message he leaves for the reader. His characters are provided with a fearful or unfortunate situation, but through Seuss’ positive writing attitude, his characters learn a lesson
Children’s books, specifically for young children, are full of pictures that cause the stories to be more entertaining while contributing to the plot of the story. Early-stage children’s books are light in text and dense in pictures; as the stories progress the pictures increase. Stories such as The Bernstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Bernstain do not have a great deal of words and rely on pictures to provide setting, details, and help tell the story. Picture use is essential in child development and understanding of a story, as well as keeping the children interested in reading. Images are a crucial component in Children’s Literature, bringing stories to life for young children, as well as captivating readers and helping
From the time I was a little girl I would always read Dr. Seuss books because it would make me laugh and smile. But as I grew older nothing changed, from time to time I would still go to the library and takeout several of his books. His books brought my imagination to a whole nother level, by taking me to places I could never go and become self educated. Dr. Seuss to me was a huge part of my childhood, he showed me how to count and learn new words. When I was 6 I would try to recreate green eggs and ham, by using food colouring.
“Literature reflects the interests and concerns of the culture that produces it (Galda, Sipe, Liang, & Cullinan, 2013, pp. 24)”. Contemporary trends in children’s literature are allowing for more influence from throughout the world, they are not just keeping to the society trends in which the work was created. Trends are also allowing for lead female roles and inclusion of diverse cultures. This follows the trends and issues in that society which is now more accepting of females and diversity in our everyday living.
The story of The Lorax may be animated and exaggerated to the point of talking animals, but in reality, it is true. Destroyed habitats and forests are the products of capitalism. Karl Marx believed that capitalism benefits nobody except the greedy owners who take no consideration for anyone or anything other than the money they are getting from the next sell. Seuss uses Marx’s ideas in The Lorax to demonstrate how capitalism goes from private riches, to exploitation of others, resulting in exploitation of the environment, which Marx would not only have agreed with but would have joined the fight against the destruction of the environment.