Dr. Seuss

1. One in four American children receive Dr. Seuss as their first book.

2. Dr. Seuss (real name Theodore Geisel) had other pen names too.  On books that he wrote without illustrating he was Theo LeSeig, and he once used Rosetta Stone on a book called “Because a Little Bug went Ka-choo!”

3. One of his most popular books, “Green Eggs and Ham”, was the result of a bet that he could not write a book using only 50 words. The bet was for $50 with his publisher.

4. He got famous for illustrating insecticide ads.

5. Dr. Seuss threatened to sue an anti-abortion group who used his line “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” on their letterhead.  The line is from “Horton Hears a Who!”

6. The singer who performed the famous “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” theme song (Thurl Ravenscroft) was also the voice of Tony the Tiger.

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