Writer, il­lus­tra­tor of beloved chil­dren’s books was Spring­field na­tive

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By OWEN BOSS — owen.boss@boston­her­ald.com

Spring­field na­tive Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote dozens of beloved books un­der the pen name Dr. Seuss, is widely con­sid­ered one of the most pop­u­lar chil­dren’s au­thors of all time and is cred­ited with help­ing to in­still crit­i­cal life lessons in a gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can read­ers.

Geisel, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, was born and raised in Spring­field and pub­lished more than 60 chil­dren’s books dur­ing his ca­reer, in­clud­ing the world­fa­mous ti­tles “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Hor­ton Hears a Who!” and “How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas!”

His works, which sold up­wards of 600 mil­lion copies and were trans­lated into more than 20 lan­guages, were even­tu­ally turned into TV se­ries, tele­vi­sion spe­cials, full­length fea­ture films and even a Broad­way mu­si­cal.

Due to his prom­i­nent role in help­ing to foster a love of read­ing in mil­lions of kids, Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as Na­tional Read Across America Day by the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

He was also the re­cip­i­ent of the Pulitzer Prize, two Academy Awards, two Emmy awards, a Pe­abody award, the Laura In­galls Wilder Medal and has a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame.

Eleven years after Geisel died of oral can­cer at his home in La Jolla, Calif., the Dr. Seuss Na­tional Me­mo­rial Sculp­ture Gar­den, which fea­tures a statue of him and many of his beloved char­ac­ters, opened on Ed­wards Street in Spring­field.

His char­ac­ters are also memo­ri­al­ized at Uni­ver­sal’s Is­lands of Ad­ven­ture theme park in Or­lando, Fla., which fea­tures “Seuss Land­ing,” a se­ries of mar­kets, rides and at­trac­tions based on his books.


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