There are very few authors that children of all ages remember with more love and cheerfulness than Theodor Seuss Geisel, affectionately known as “Dr. Seuss.” Most people can distinctly recall the first time a parent or school teacher introduced them to one of Dr. Seuss’ books.
For most of us, it was a magical moment—one locked inside our memory banks; never to be erased.
I was in kindergarten when my teacher, Mrs. Shelby read to our class Dr. Seuss’s newly published children’s book, “The Cat in the Hat.” Who didn’t instantly fall in love with that zany cat; his mischievous antics and those out-of-the-box illustrations?
And for those of us who were raised on Dr. Seuss, it was a natural course of events to in turn read his books to our own children—thus passing down an important read-a-loud legacy of musically rhyming words, oddly funny illustrations, and never-ending fun.
Like most of you, our bookshelves were over-flowing with many different children’s authors, but Dr. Seuss reigned supreme:
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and the list goes on and on.
Despite Seuss’ death in 1991, his books live on and even some of his “lost” books are now appearing on bookstore shelves.
On September 9, 2014, Random House published, “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories.” The story behind this book and other “lost stories,” of Dr. Seuss have an interesting history…
In the early 1950s, this former ad man and modestly successful children’s book author published a series of illustrated stories for children in magazines like Redbook. They were short; two-to-three page spreads with stamp-sized drawings and minimal coloring.
He was hoping to publish them in a book, but in 1957 his book, “The Cat in the Hat,” became an immediate best seller and while some of his magazine articles were later published, many were not. These so-called “lost” stories are now being published for the first time.
The first collection was published in 2011 under the title, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories It reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list and now Random House is betting even bigger with “Horton,” with 250,000 copies first print-run.
So take some time today—go and read to your child or grandchild your favorite Dr. Seuss book.
For me, that favorite was The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” I recently purchased the collectors edition with the idea of giving it to one of my son’s families. But for now, I’m enjoying it myself…maybe later it will find its’ way into the hands of one of my darling grandchildren.
You may want to check out Amazon or your favorite bookstore for this new Dr. Seuss adventure story—“Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories.” I have no doubt, it is another winning Seuss classic! And, by the way–have you ever read “You’re Only Young Once’” I think it’s time I read this one!