A Book Review for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

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The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss 

Written by Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Decorative Illustrations by Dr. Seuss
Ages: 8+, 43 pages
January 13, 2004 by Random House Books for Young Readers 
Topics: Biography 
 

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss chronicles his first twenty-two years that shaped him into a unique author. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Growing up, Ted loved reading, animals, drawing, and fun neighborhood activities. He even had first hand experience in a zoo, since his father became superintendent of parks. Ted also faced challenges. He was sometimes teased at school for having a German heritage. He often doodled in class and skipped classes in high school to watch movies. Ted attended Dartmouth College and was often known for being silly and nobody thought he could make a career from doodles. He wrote for a college magazine, but he was forced to resign. However, he still wrote for the magazine under the name Seuss, which was his mother’s maiden name and his middle name. After college, he traveled to England where he should have been studying literature at Oxford, instead he met his future wife who admired his drawings.  He returned home to Fairfield Street and sent his cartoons and illustrations to New York magazines. Finally, he received an acceptance letter from The Saturday Evening PostSoon more magazines desired Ted’s cartoons. He signed his work Dr. Theophrastus Seuss or Dr. Seuss, because he liked the sound of doctor and he wanted to save “Ted Geisel” for when he wrote his great success in the future. The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss provides additional information about Geisel’s life after he left Fairfield Street with background about his books.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! 

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7 thoughts on “A Book Review for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

    dadirri7 said:
    March 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

    i really enjoyed reading your review of a very well-known author! our g’daughter loves go dog go 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      March 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      There’s even more to share about Dr. Seuss, but I just included what the book mentioned. There’s a perfect Dr. Seuss book for all of us. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

    Doodle 62 | Today’s Birthdays « DoodlePack said:
    March 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

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    orples said:
    March 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Beautiful illustrations in what looks to be a beautiful book, which obviously tells the tale of a Beautiful person. Think of the joy we’d have lost if Dr. Suess had not been born. Happy Birthday to Dr. Suess indeed! Lucky us.

      Caroline responded:
      March 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Lucky indeed. 🙂 Dr. Seuss spreads joy and humor in his books! Thanks for visiting & happy reading!

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss | One Mind Many Detours said:
    March 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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    Cindy L Riemersma said:
    March 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Fantastic post! I learned more from this post than any other and more than I ever knew. Thank you so much for this!

    -Cindy

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