Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!! Today the much loved “doctor” was born in 1904. His name was actually Theodor Geisel and he came up with Dr. Seuss, taking his mother’s maiden name (and his middle name) Seuss. His father always wanted him to become a doctor. He also wrote under the pen name Theo LeSieg. He wrote and illustrated nearly 50 children’s books, as well as a few for adults (who wish they were still children?) The first was And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street, pages of which are posted below.
The rhyme: “And that is a story that no one can beat.
And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street”
came to him on the way home from a trip to Europe with his wife. He began repeating the rhyme to the beat of the ship’s engines, exasperating his wife, who suggested he get it out of his system by writing a children’s book on the theme. He did and the rest is history! Of course most of us know him for his Cat in the Hat series.