March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991
Springfield, Massachusetts - La Jolla, California
writer ~ cartoonist ~ animator ~ book publisher ~ artist
Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1904. Both his grandparents were German immigrants. His family owned a brewery that was later shut down due to prohibition. Seuss's first children's book "And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" made Mulberry Street, Springfield, Illinois a popular site. Mulberry St. was not far from where Dr. Seuss lived on Fairfield Street during his boyhood.
Dr. Seuss wrote many children's books. Many of them won awards and were made into movies or plays. He worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns and was a political cartoonist for a newspaper in New York. He was very picky about his work usually taking a year before he finished just one. His mother used to sing chants to put him to sleep. He credits her, "for the rhythms in which I write and the urgency with which I do it."
Oh The Places You'll Go! (exert)
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.