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The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss

Author: Kathleen Krull Illustrated by Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher and Dr. Seuss

2004

Age range: 5-8

Dr. Seuss gave us Sam I am, Yertle the Turtle, and a way to read with your eyes shut. Kids and Adults for generations have gotten to know Dr. Seuss through his words and his sense of humor. Kathleen Krull wrote the first Dr. Seuss bibliography for kids, and through her storytelling we have the opportunity to learn about Seuss’s first 22 years of life: how “he excelled at fooling around”, how he almost received a medal from Theodore Roosevelt, and how he grew up as an outsider because of his family tree. Krull weaves a wonderful story of Seuss-a reader will learn at no surprise that in high school he was voted Class Artist and Class Wit, yet in college he was voted the Least Likely to Succeed. Krull tells us however, that Seuss found his way early as a young adult to “share his own love of reading, animals, and justice.”


A Bookish Decree: Dr. Seuss had made so many contributions to children’s literature, and while we wish that we could go back in time to learn how Dr. Seuss became who he was, Krull leaves us the reader with a brilliant gift of a bibliography.


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