Dr. Suess by Natalie
I’m sure you all know Theodor Seuss Geisel. But this man’s story in how he made it into the world of writing, is truly inspiring. Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Germany. In high school, he took classes in art and manager of the school soccer team. Dr. Seuss Attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1925. He started submitting little comics and short stories for the local paper called the ‘Birdsies and Beasties’. He was inspired by his writing professor and college to pursue this as a career. He and his wife survived through the great depression only because of his advertising in newspapers and radio. In 1937, he was inspired to write a book called ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’. It was rejected 27 times by publishers. After WWII, he wrote many classics we have today. If I Ran the Zoo, (1950), Horton Hears a Who! (1955), If I Ran the Circus (1956), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) and Green Eggs and Ham (1960) were all in that mix. In 1954, ‘Life’ magazine posted an article that said children weren’t learning the words they were supposed to be learning because books were getting to boring. A man by the name of William Ellsworth Spaulding was an education director at the school he worked at. He composed a list of 348 words that he felt were important for first-graders to know and learn. Then, he cut the list to just 250 words and challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using only those words. Dr. Seuss put out the book ‘Cat in the Hat’ nine months later, containing 236 of those words. Just think, an ordinary man who was rejected 27 times before he finally got his first book published, became this successful. He didn’t give up when he thought no one liked his work, did he? If you can act like Dr. Seuss did, and try, try again, no one will be able to stop you in the end.