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What are major contributions Dr.Seuss has made to the society? Why is he famous/remembered? What is your overall impression of Dr.Seuss?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 5, 2010 at 5:34 PM (Answer #2)

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Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) has contributed to society by changing children's books.  He made children's books more interesting and more fanciful.  His use of nonsense words, catchy rhymes and very strange illustrations made his books extremely interesting to children (or at least they sure have been to my children).

He is famous and remembered because of the very distinctive nature of his books.  They are not like any other author's children's books.

My overall impression of his is that he must have had a very lively imagination.  I also think that he must have been politically pretty liberal, as you can see in stories like "Starbellied Sneetches."

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 5, 2010 at 5:44 PM (Answer #3)

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My children have always loved Dr. Seuss' books.  They have rhyme and whimsy.  The style of his books provided joy and rhythm and  they moved at a faster pace than previous children's books.  I feel his style of literature has been a significant contribution.  His books also offer lessons for children that are all subliminally placed within the text.  Using his fun style of writing he has addressed everything from not allowing strangers into the house ("The Cat in The Hat") to protecting the environment.  His works are enjoyed by children and adults.  His books have also led to the contribution of movies that were developed from the books. 

I think that Dr. Suess was a clever fellow who was quick witted and had an innate knowledge of how to make reading a fun and engaging experience for children.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 5, 2010 at 5:47 PM (Answer #4)

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Dr. Seuss showed a respect for literature, poetry, and the essence of childhood that many other authors have failed or not come near enough to achieve.

He shows an endearment to the innocence of children that brings out the deep ennoblement he gave to the fact that childhood is the purest, most clever, and most important moment in a human being's life.

Poems such as "Oh the Places You'll Go" are examples of this premise. Not only did he appeal to the natural tendency of children to learn in patterns such as poetry, but he also encouraged them, spoke to them without belittling them, and brought in real topics of which both children and adults had enough schema to ponder about.

Personally, his death was a huge loss to the world of literature, and I can easily place him on an even upper echelon than Roald Dahl in the sense that, although both truly showed a deep appreciation for children, Dr. Seuss still had an extra layer of charisma that is hard to ignore.

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andorra | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2010 at 4:48 AM (Answer #5)

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Though Dr. Seuss's works are flagged as children's literature, the themes of the works are often complex.  Many of his books are nothing more than a social commentary on events that had taken place or were taking place at the time.  His imaginative and creative way of expressing said themes is one of the reasons people love his work.  Another reason is the lyrical quality of his work.  The rhythm makes it easier to follow - especially when a lot of it is nonsensical.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 6, 2010 at 5:14 AM (Answer #6)

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I think that one major contribution of Dr. Seuss was the fact that he helped to transform children's literature into something that can be appreciated by more than children.  His fanciful prose and rhyming schemes were elements that came to be appreciated by children, but over time, his works seem to acquire more meaning as the initial child reader grows up and becomes an adolescent and adult.  The work itself does not change, but the reader does, and in looking at the same work over time, new levels of meaning emerge.  This is an experience that happens with reading Dr. Seuss' works, and might be a reason to why his literature is highly compelling and fascinating.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted January 6, 2010 at 10:25 AM (Answer #7)

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Dr. Seuss is eminently quotable, and his works are deceptively simple, dealing with timeless themes in a way that young children and mature adults alike can embrace. We wouldn't have Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten if we hadn't had Dr. Seuss. toddlers and elementary schoolers received copies of the The Cat in the Hat; high school and college graduates receive Oh! The Places You'll Go. How many other writers can boast such a diversity of ages in his readership?

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 6, 2010 at 11:44 AM (Answer #8)

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As someone who read Dr. Seuss myself, and then repeatedly to my children, I can say I am certainly a fan. But as I have become a teacher, I have to add that I think his books are much better as read-alouds. I do not think they are particularly good for kids who are learning to read, as Seuss uses so many made up words with weird spellings. The language is interesting, with great sounds for the ears, but possibly confusing for learning-to-read eyes.

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eagerbeaver | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 6, 2010 at 1:48 PM (Answer #9)

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Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) has contributed to society by changing children's books.  He made children's books more interesting and more fanciful.  His use of nonsense words, catchy rhymes and very strange illustrations made his books extremely interesting to children (or at least they sure have been to my children).

He is famous and remembered because of the very distinctive nature of his books.  They are not like any other author's children's books.

My overall impression of his is that he must have had a very lively imagination.  I also think that he must have been politically pretty liberal, as you can see in stories like "Starbellied Sneetches."

Thank you so much. It really helped.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM (Answer #10)

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While much of Suess's writing is appealing to children, there is no doubt that there were sometime deeper messages involved. Studies of some of his writing will show decidedly political messages--such as Hooray For Diffendoofer Day which had a definite opinion on standardized testing in schools. These messages were cloaked for children, but parents who read to their children would have been aware of the deeper messages.

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eagerbeaver | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM (Answer #11)

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Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) has contributed to society by changing children's books.  He made children's books more interesting and more fanciful.  His use of nonsense words, catchy rhymes and very strange illustrations made his books extremely interesting to children (or at least they sure have been to my children).

He is famous and remembered because of the very distinctive nature of his books.  They are not like any other author's children's books.

My overall impression of his is that he must have had a very lively imagination.  I also think that he must have been politically pretty liberal, as you can see in stories like "Starbellied Sneetches."

Thanks. It really helped.

 

 

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eagerbeaver | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM (Answer #12)

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My children have always loved Dr. Seuss' books.  They have rhyme and whimsy.  The style of his books provided joy and rhythm and  they moved at a faster pace than previous children's books.  I feel his style of literature has been a significant contribution.  His books also offer lessons for children that are all subliminally placed within the text.  Using his fun style of writing he has addressed everything from not allowing strangers into the house ("The Cat in The Hat") to protecting the environment.  His works are enjoyed by children and adults.  His books have also led to the contribution of movies that were developed from the books. 

I think that Dr. Suess was a clever fellow who was quick witted and had an innate knowledge of how to make reading a fun and engaging experience for children.

Thanks. It really helped.

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eagerbeaver | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM (Answer #13)

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Dr. Seuss showed a respect for literature, poetry, and the essence of childhood that many other authors have failed or not come near enough to achieve.

He shows an endearment to the innocence of children that brings out the deep ennoblement he gave to the fact that childhood is the purest, most clever, and most important moment in a human being's life.

Poems such as "Oh the Places You'll Go" are examples of this premise. Not only did he appeal to the natural tendency of children to learn in patterns such as poetry, but he also encouraged them, spoke to them without belittling them, and brought in real topics of which both children and adults had enough schema to ponder about.

Personally, his death was a huge loss to the world of literature, and I can easily place him on an even upper echelon than Roald Dahl in the sense that, although both truly showed a deep appreciation for children, Dr. Seuss still had an extra layer of charisma that is hard to ignore.

Thanks. It really helped.

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