Fun Fact Friday – 19th June 2015

Fun Fact Friday – 19th June 2015

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Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an eccentric character best know for his children’s books under the pseudonym, Dr. Seuss.

Over the course of his life time he published forty-six children’s books some of which caused controversy, whilst others supposedly contained hidden messages.

 

The Lorax

‘The Lorax’, published in 1971 caused controversy with the logging industry.

The book’s message is about environmentalism and anti-consumerism, and about those that are destroying the earth for profit – ‘Take care of the environment and the environment will take care of you’.

Truax by Terri Birkett

The logging industry were so outraged at the book that the ‘Hardwood Forest Association’ and the ‘National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association’ got together and sponsored a book from the logging industry’s point of view called ‘Truax’.

the butter battle by dr seuss

Another one of Dr.Seuss’s books that caused controversy was "The Butter Battle Book".

The story is an anti-war story, focusing on arms races, mutual destruction and nuclear weapons.

The Yooks and the Zooks live on opposite sides of a long curving wall. The Yooks wear blue clothes; the Zooks wear orange. The Yooks eat their bread with the butter-side up, the Zooks, butter-side down. The conflict between the two sides leads to an escalating arms race, which results in the threat of mutual assured destruction.

 

Other Dr. Seuss books, amongst many, with supposed messages to tell are:-

The Sneetches – Racial Equality and antisemitism.

Yertle the Turtle – Hitler

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Consumerism and materialism

 

Not all of his books have a hidden message; some are just lovely fun books for children, but not everyone feels that way.

Hop on Pop by Dr seuss

The Toronto library was asked to removed the book, "Hop on Pop-Up" from it’s shelves.

Why?

It was claimed that the book was, ‘encouraging violence against fathers’.

The library committee’s statement reads, ‘The Children are actually told NOT to hop on pop’. The complaint was dismissed.

 

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