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His true name was Theodor Seuss Geisel and he used the pen name Theo. LeSieg (Geisel spelled backwards) for books he wrote but others illustrated such as I Wish that I Had Duck Feet and Ten Apples Up on Top.
- Originally he was a political cartoonist.
- Geisel wrote most of his books in anapestic tetrameter, a poetic meter also employed by many poets of the English literary canon.
- Though Geisel made a point of not beginning the writing of his stories with a moral in mind, stating that "kids can see a moral coming a mile off", he was not against writing about issues--social, environmental or political.
The book I'd like to highlight today is his first, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, written in 1937. It begins with a boy named Marco who comes up with an elaborate scene of what he saw on the way home from school. First it is a horse drawn wagon, but quickly escalates into a full blown parade with confetti, a band, a magician doing tricks, the mayor is there and the policemen lead the way when traffic is thick. The excitement just builds and builds. You cna hardly stand it as Marco rushes up the steps to his house. However, in the end Marco pulls up a chair and tells his father the truth--it was just a plain horse and wagon on Mulberry Street.
More fun trivia: "Mulberry Street" is the name of a street in Springfield, Massachusetts, not far from Dr. Seuss' boyhood home on Fairfield Street, and may be the source of the book's name.
Happy Suess Week from the Hills!