Children’s career. Fifteen years later, ‘Viking Press’

Children’s literature has been around for hundreds of years. There are many forms such as books, poems and plays meant for children. Although this type of literature is geared towards the younger population, children and adults alike enjoy these stories intended for children. In the 1900s as society grew more respect for children, children’s literature became more popular. This is when stories such as Lewis Carrol’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and Mark Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn’ were published.

These stories broke the barrier of ‘strict moralism’ in these writings and were meant to entertain. Today, children’s literature is much more diverse than it ever has been. These stories once strictly covered moral development but are now covering subjects ranging all the way from environment preservation to sexual orientation.

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The elements of children’s literature include characters, setting, point of view, plot, conflict, theme, style, and tone. These stories are meant to be simple and straightforward and they depend on action to maintain the interest of the young reader. These stories are also meant to teach a lesson of morality and often have a deeper meaning than most younger individuals tend to pick up. Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, born on March 2, 1904, was a man famous for his children’s literature.

During Geisel’s career he published over sixty books, some of his more popular books are ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. His first book published in 1937, ‘And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street,was rejected twenty seven times before it was published. Before his career in writing began, Seuss attended a number of colleges and universities with the intention to obtain his PhD in english. As he was very close to becoming a doctor, his wife pushed him to dropout before graduating and pursue a career in writing. Theodor Geisel started out cartooning and writing articles and illustrations. These were often published in numerous magazines such as LIFE and Vanity Fair. That was only the beginning of his career.

Fifteen years later, ‘Viking Press’ offered Seuss a job to illustrate a children’s series called ‘Boners’. This series sold poorly but was the spark of his career in children’s literature. In 1942 Seuss and his wife bought a old tower in Los Angeles, California. This is where he spent eight hours of the day working.

, writing and publishing several children’s books including the infamous ‘Horton Hears a Who!’. ‘The Cat in the Hat’ published in 1957, was a huge turning point to Geisel’s career. The success from this book cemented his place in children’s literature. In the next several years, Seuss continued writing children’s literature. One of the books published during these years, was a favourite, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. In 1966, The Grinch took on the role of an animated film.

After passing away in 1991, at the age of 87, less than 6 years later, the ‘Art of Dr. Seuss’ project was launched. To this day sixteen of his books are on the list of “100 top-selling hardcover children’s books of all-time” and less than two years ago it was announced that another Seuss (What Pet Should I Get?) book was going to be published, as his wife found for the book in their home. Dr. Seuss was a German American author, political cartoonist, poet animator, book publisher and artist. Though his writing was geared towards children, and were intended to entertain, there is so much more to Seuss’ writing. There are many things we can learn from him and his writing itself.

Yes, his stories rhyme, but there is a deeper meaning.  Dr. Seuss is one of the most successful Children’s book authors. He teaches us books should always be fun.

Sure his books are intended to help children learn how to read, but his unique choice of words when writing keep the reader entertained and wanting more. He gives his writing rhythm. These books engage their readers and often leaves them wanting to read another. He also teaches us to be patient. As a author who tried 27 times to publish a book before he was successful, shows you just how waiting for the write time and not giving up on yourself stands true.


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