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Five little known facts about Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss reads The Cat in the Hat
New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer

While we all know about the The Cat in the Hat, how much is known about the author Dr. Seuss?

Here are five fun facts about The Cat in the Hat author Dr. Seuss, who wrote 48 books for kids of all ages!

1. Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) is widely known under the pseudonym (surname) Dr. Seuss.

2. He was born March 2, 1904 to two German immigrants in Springfield, Massachusetts.

3. He created his surname through the combination of his middle name Seuss and the abbreviation for doctor (Dr.). He had been studying English Literature for his doctorate degree until he discovered his natural talent as a cartoonist. He quotes "My father had always wanted to see a Dr. In front of my name, so I attached it. I figured by doing that, I saved him about ten thousand dollars." [Cynthia Lindsey, "Miracle of Dr. Seuss," Good Housekeeping, December, 1960].

4. Dr. Seuss often got his ideas from doodling and scribbling, then he creates a story to explain it.

5. He did not have any children of his own to leave his legacy, however Seuss stated, thinking of his many readers, "I have over 200 million kids. That's enough."


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