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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Huron Public Library plans party Saturday with movies, giveaways and birthday cake

Posted: Monday, Feb 25th, 2013

It’s Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday on Saturday, March 2, and the Huron Public Library is celebrating with movies, giveaways to the first 100 children and birthday cake.

“Every year at this time, children and families across the country pay tribute to Dr. Seuss and his legacy, and we’re thrilled to participate in the festivities,” said Shirley Apley, library firector. “Many people learned how to read using Dr. Seuss’ books. ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” was the first book I ever read by myself.”

The free festivities begin at 2:30 pm with a half hour movie followed by birthday cake Children of all ages are invited!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. Geisel began to pursue a career as a cartoonist. The Saturday Evening Post and other publications published some of his early pieces, but the bulk of Geisel’s activity during his early career was devoted to creating advertising campaigns for Standard Oil, which he did for more than 15 years.

While Geisel was continuing to contribute to Life, Vanity Fair, Judge and other magazines, Viking Press offered him a contract to illustrate a collection of children’s sayings called Boners. Although the book was not a commercial success, the illustrations received great reviews, providing Geisel with his first “big break” into children’s literature. Getting the first book that he both wrote and illustrated, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” published, however, required a great degree of persistence — it was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.

“The Cat in the Hat,” perhaps the defining book of Geisel’s career, developed as part of a unique joint venture between Houghton Mifflin (Vanguard Press) and Random House. Houghton Mifflin asked Geisel to write and illustrate a children’s primer using only 225 “new-reader” vocabulary words. Because he was under contract to Random House, Random House obtained the trade publication rights, and Houghton Mifflin kept the school rights. With the release of “The Cat in the Hat,” Geisel became the definitive children’s book author and illustrator.

At the time of his death on Sept. 24, 1991, Geisel had written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including such all-time favorites as “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” “Fox in Socks,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” His books had been translated into more than 15 languages. More than 200 million copies had found their way into homes and hearts around the world.

For the complete article see the 02-24-2013 issue.

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