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Seussology. Presented by Rhonda Mueller Mother, Grandmother, Teacher and Self-Proclaimed Seussologist. Who Was Theodore Giesel. Not the Cat in the Hat. Theo LeSieg Rosetta Stone Dr. Seuss - to please his father, did eventually earn a doctorate from Dartmouth.

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Seussology

Presented by

Rhonda Mueller

Mother, Grandmother, Teacher and

Self-Proclaimed Seussologist



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Not the Cat in the Hat

  • Theo LeSieg

  • Rosetta Stone

  • Dr. Seuss - to please his father, did eventually earn a doctorate from Dartmouth


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German Family in Springfield Mass.

  • Brewers

  • Zooers

  • Gymnast and Swimmers

  • Shooters

  • Bakers

  • Great great Grossvater





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Art Teacher Not Impressed

  • Never break the rules


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Early Years

  • Wrote and edited for newspapers

  • The Mikado

  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

  • Wrote his own play

  • Jazz musician

  • Director

  • Dartmouth

  • Oxford

  • Edited humor magazine


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Dartmouth

  • Jewish - prejudice

  • Least likely to succeed


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England

  • Helen

  • Draw



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Boredom - not busy enough

  • Wrote his first children’s book - an ABC book with unusual animals.


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And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street - 1936

  • Ship trip

  • Chance meeting

  • Vanguard

  • Loved writing for children and Gus


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Kindergarten and First Grade

  • What would you see on Elliott Street?



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Infamous for Making Up Stories About Story Ideas

  • Stories came in many ways

    • Puzzling his puzzler

    • Thinking cap

    • Left field

    • Arizona desert

    • Why is it always rain ? Soldier in France

    • Horton, from Mulberry street, which came first the Who or the Egg?



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McElligot’s Pool

  • Found his own look

  • Expensive to print

  • Caldecott



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Bartholomew

  • One color

  • Caldecott


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If I Ran the Zoo

  • Caldecott


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Gerald McBoing-Boing

  • Animated

  • Oscar

  • CBS 13 episodes

  • Overall films a flop

  • Writing and illustrating


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From LaJolla

  • Sneetches

  • Africa, think please

  • Horton Hears Who

  • Oh, The Thinks You Can Think

  • May 1954, Life article, illiterate adults, TV and comics partly to blame


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The year of the Grinch

  • 12 years

  • One week







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Year of the Cat

  • 1957 - new era in children’s books

  • Life magazine criticized Dick and Jane

  • Friend’s suggestion

  • 223 easy to read words

  • First two words on the list

  • Schools didn’t buy


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Beginner Books

  • LeSieg didn’t author

  • 50 dollar challenge


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First Priority

  • Funny

  • Dictionary of animals helped in many books

  • Rhyme and His toughest Audience

  • FEAR of Public Speaking



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Always a Jokester

  • Fishing with Vater

  • Class clown

  • Naval Officer

  • Biggest Joke, His own children, Chrysanthemum-Pearl


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Pulitzer 1984

  • Best Seller for Adults

    • 2 titles

    • Butter Battle

    • Your Only Old Once


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WW III

  • Mouth cancer

  • Butter Battle Book, 1984

  • Test and treatments, Obsolete children

  • Gone is the yellow-faced Chinaman

  • 1990 New York Times Best Seller, for adults again


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Other Famous Works

  • Cat in the Hat

  • Audrey is UPSET

  • Zax - political hardliner

  • Horton Hears a Who - Atomic Bomb


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Post-humous

  • My Many Colored Days

  • Diffendoofer


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Using Seuss in the classroom

  • Lists of Made Up Rhyming Words

  • Alliteration

  • Difference Between Real and Make-Believe

  • Bullying, Prejudice, Environmental Issues at an Appropriate Level

  • Seussianary

  • Thinks

  • Glunks

  • Increasing Comprehension

  • Increasing Fluency


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  • AT hats

  • Gross grub on green - Green Eggs

  • Daisy Hats

  • Star Art

  • Finishing the Lorax - what happens to the seed

  • I Won’t Be a Star Bellied Sneetch

  • Not on any Beach

  • If I Ran the Zoo - imaginanimals

  • Seussanary

  • Tantilizing Tongue Twisters


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More Uses - Even for Older Students

  • Poetic Style

  • Moral of the Story

  • Underlying/Implied Meanings

  • Visual Implications

  • Accessing Imagination

  • Generating Ideas

  • Model For Own Writing

  • Inspiration


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High School

  • Yertle the Turtle - Sympathy for the underdog, Yertle is Hitler

  • Sneetches - tolerance, civil rights

  • Lorax - ecological awareness

  • Butter Battle - nuclear arms race


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Using Seuss at home

  • Read

  • Teach

  • Learn

  • Laugh

  • Imagine

  • Play - YES PLAY, with words


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Dr. Seuss Language

  • “Here”

  • “You can’t be here, I am here. You are there!”

  • Playing with language




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Accomplishments

  • 48 books

  • More than 200 million copies

  • 20 different languages

  • Postage stamps

  • Movies of his books

  • Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

  • Geisel Library in LaJolla

  • Oscar

  • Pulitzer

  • Caldecott


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Greatest Gift

  • W all need fun and laughter

  • Your children hear what you say, what can be better than saying it in an enjoyable setting?

  • Hold onto the magic of childhood


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Words of Wisdom left

  • “Whenever things are a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself: ‘You can do better than this.’ The best slogan I can think of to leave with the U.S.A. would be: ‘We can do and we’ve got to do better than this.’”



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Resources

  • Oh, the Places He Went, by Maryann N. Weidt, biography

  • Dr. Seuss, Childhood of Famous Americans series, by Kathleen Kudlinski

  • Dr. Seuss American Icon, by Philip Nel

  • The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, by Theodore Geisel and Maurice Sendak


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Seuss Related Websites

  • www.eseus.com

  • www.randomhouse.com/seussville

  • www.seussville.com

  • www.catinthehat.org

  • www.infoplease.com/spot/seuss1.html

  • infoplease.com/spot/tonguetwister1.html

  • www.infoplease.com/spot/seuss2.html

  • www.nea.org/readacross/index.html

  • www.seuss.org

  • http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dspolitic

  • www.seussland.com


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Contact

  • Email rmueller@lps.org

  • Website www.lps.org, elementary schools, Elliott Elementary, specialists

  • Card at back


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