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I think the greatest contribution Dr. Suess made is in providing us with books that help us have a good time! For a few moments, we step into another realm, another dimension, another time, and are transported to magical places and see magical things! The characters are silly; the illustrations are outlandish; yet, all is marvelous! And, best of all, most of his books teach morals, ideals, and virtures in a way that's subtle, yet delightful.
I grew up in the 1960's and can't really remember life without Dr. Suess books. I've probably read every single one of them several times and they never get old! I'm sure most everyone will agree with me when I say,
"Hats off to Dr. Suess!"
When I was a little girl, which was a long time ago, the only books children had to read as they learned were books like Fun with Dick and Jane, which was about at boring as it gets for a child. There were no real plots, no rhymes, and even the colors were dull. Luckily for me, my parents discovered And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and by the time I was seven, The Cat in the Hat had been published.
Dr. Seuss wrote books that had vocabulary that was developmentally appropriate for beginning readers, but his books made reading fun. Because they had interesting plots, new and crazy words, rhymes, and messages for children, my generation and the generations that followed had a whole new reading experience. And while I am unable to document this on the spot, I am quite sure that he was personally responsible for the wonderful waves of children's books that followed. He proved that reading for young children did not have to consist of "See Spot run" and "Here comes Puff." I read Dr. Seuss books to all of my children, and in fact, each of them learned to read with his books.
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Dr. Seuss, "Seuss Geisel, March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991," gave the world a new way to read children's books. In the years prior to his adventurous and rhyming whimsical stories, children's books were relatively dry. He created rhyming patterns that helped developing readers and created a strong interest in reading for children.
As his children's literature style improved he ventured into more political topics such as preservation of the environment, The Lorax, and respect for races, Horton Hears a Who. He wrote and illustrated 44 children's books. His books led to children's television specials, 11 of them, and several movies.
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