Saturday, March 03, 2007

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

It was Theodor Geisel's (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) birthday yesterday, and the 50th anniversary of The Cat in the Hat the day before that. Like so many people with an interest in children's media, Dr. Seuss holds a special place in my heart as one of those rare beacons of light (along with Jim Henson, Fred Rogers, Ernie Coombs and Judy Bloom) in what can often seem like a veritable quagmire of low-quality production and exploitative commercialization. His interest in speaking to children on their own terms, in teaching even very small kids about human rights, self-respect and sustainable living--all the while making us laugh and exploding our imaginations wide open with new words, sounds and insights--continues to inspire and set a high standard for what a children's media professional can and should be.

Philip Nel (2005) Dr. Seuss: American Icon. Continuum.

Phillip Nel (2003). "The Disneyfication of Dr Seuss: faithful to profit, one hundred percent?" Cultural Studies 17(5): 579-614.

Richard H.F. Lindemann (2005). The Dr. Seuss Catalog: An Annotated Guide to Works by Theodor Geisel in All Media, Writings about Him, and Appearances of Characters and Places in the Books, Stories and Films. McFarland Company.

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