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Who Said That

A book dedicated to Dr. Seuss and some of the most memorable lines from his books.

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About Dr. Seuss

March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991

The legendary Dr. Seuss once said, "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted." Dr. Seuss' books certainly provide that and more for children. His zany rhymes, engaging plots, and imaginative characters add up to great fun for children and adults alike. But the impact Dr. Seuss has had on beginning readers is just as profound as his ability to entertain.

In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children. The report concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. Dr. Seuss' and his publishing company were determined to do something about it. The publisher gave Dr. Seuss a list of 348 words they felt were important for beginning readers and asked the good Doctor to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words. Nine months later, Dr. Seuss delivered a manuscript containing 236 of the words. The book? The Cat in the Hat. It was an instant success that became a children's classic. In the years since its first publication in 1957, The Cat in the Hat has entertained millions of young children while making them more eager readers. The book retained all the imaginative power of Dr. Seuss' earlier books, but because of the simplified vocabulary, the book could be read and enjoyed by beginning readers -- and their parents and teachers.

The notion of entertaining children while helping them learn to read began with Dr. Seuss, and today, MightyBook.com is proud to carry that same banner. On March 2, MightyBook will join with school children across United States and beyond to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, and the revolution in reading that he started. Check with your school or local library to see how you can join the Seuss celebration during Read Across America Day on March 2. To get in that Seuss mood beforehand, please visit MightyBook.com for a free sample of the animated book, Who Said That (Somebody Else, or Dr. Seuss?)

If you want to read some Seuss books, may we recommend:

Books written under the name, Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel, who is really Dr. Seuss, wrote and illustrated the following books with the pen name, Dr. Seuss.

  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
  • The King's Stilts (1939)
  • The Seven Lady Godivas (1940)
  • Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)
  • McElligot's Pool (Caldecott Honor Book, 1947)
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose(1948)
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck (Caldecott Honor Book, 1949)
  • If I Ran the Zoo (Caldecott Honor Book, 1950)
  • Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
  • Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
  • On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
  • If I Ran the Circus (1956)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!(1957)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958)
  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958)
  • Happy Birthday to You! (1959)
  • Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)
  • Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (1962)
  • Dr. Seuss's ABC (1963)
  • Hop on Pop (1963)
  • Fox in Socks (1965)
  • I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965)
  • The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)
  • The Foot Book (1968)
  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories (1969)
  • My Book about ME (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1970)
  • I Can Draw It Myself (1970)
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises! (1970) The Lorax (1971)
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)
  • The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973)
  • There's a Wocket in My Pocket! (1974)
  • Great Day for Up! (Illustrated by Quentin Blake, 1974)
  • Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
  • The Cat's Quizzer (1976)
  • I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! (1978)
  • Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
  • Hunches in Bunches (1982)
  • The Butter Battle Book (1984)
  • You're Only Old Once! : A Book for Obsolete Children (1986)
  • I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! (Illustrated by James Stevenson, 1987)
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
  • Daisy-Head Mayzie (Posthumous, 1995)
  • My Many Colored Days (Posthumous, illustrated by Steve Johnson with Lou Fancher, 1996)
  • Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (Posthumous, from notes, with Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith, 1998)
  • Gerald McBoing-Boing (Posthumous, based on story and film, 2000

Theodore Geisel also wrote children's books under the name Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backward)

  • Ten Apples Up on Top! (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1961)
  • I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Illustrated by B Tobey, 1965)
  • Come over to My House(Illustrated by Richard Erdoes, 1966)
  • The Eye Book (Illustrated by Joe Mathieu/Roy McKie, 1968)
  • I Can Write (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1971)
  • In a People House (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1972)
  • Wacky Wednesday (Illustrated by George Booth, 1974)
  • The Many Mice of Mr. Brice (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1974)
  • Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1975)
  • Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him! (Illustrated by Charles E. Martin, 1976)
  • Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! (Illustrated by Art Cummings, 1977)
  • Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (Illustrated by Michael J. Smollin, 1981)
  • The Tooth Book (Illustrated by Joe Mathieu/Roy McKie, 1989)

A Theodore Geisel book written under the name Rosetta Stone

  • Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo! (Illustrated by Michael Frith, 1975)

What else was going on in 1957?

The Cat in the Hat was published 1957. That was the same year that:

  • Another Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was published.
  • Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story opened on Broadway.
  • The first episode of Leave it to Beaver aired on CBS-TV.
  • Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender topped the charts.
  • The plastic Frisbee made its debut
  • The first Toyota car was sold in the U.S
  • Russia launched Sputnik, the first Earth-orbiting satellite, setting off the space race.

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