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Who Was Dr. Seuss? (Who Was/Is...?)

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Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books-?like his classic The Cat in the Hat. This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings an amazingly gifted author/illustrator to lif ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published January 1st 2011)
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I grew up reading many books written and illustrated by Dr.Seuss and then re-read them with my own children. They are classics. The Grinch and The Cat in The Hat are probably my favourite characters.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American author and illustrator who spoke English and German. He was called Ted by his family and friends but everybody knew him simply as Dr. Seuss.

He led a very interesting life and had many achievements. This short biography includes mention of his 2 Oscar wins, a Puli
Debbie Reiber

Who is Dr. Suess? by Janet B. Pascal is a biography of the life of the children’s book writer Dr. Suess. The age group this book is intended for is intermediate to advance. The book described a little about Theodor Suess Geisel’s aka Dr. Suess’s childhood. But it really described how Dr. Suess started writing children’s literature and why he was so good at it.
I really think Pascal did an excellent job with the detail and explaining some history of Dr. Suess’ era to help children understand the w
Anthony Mitchell
The term truth is stranger than fiction applies to this wonderful biography/picture book/chapter book about Theodor Suess Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. This man's life was as interesting and colorful as the characters in his books. Ted was born in 1904,in Springfield Massachusetts to German immigrants. His mother owned a bakery and his dad was president of a brewery. Ted believed his love of verse came from memories of pie poems his mom taught him. Ted was shy and it was hard for him to get up and s ...more
Mari Anne
I almost hate to admit that this short and sweet biography made me tear up a little. What a wonderful life he had and what a wonderful author. This easy to read biography is perfect for anyone but is really great for grades 3-6!
A wonderful account of the man that revolutionized children's reading forever.
Lauren Hendricks
"Who Was Dr. Seuss" is a children's biography of the life of Theodore Seuss Geisel. I have never been particularly interested in biographies, but reading about my favorite author made a page turner out of a biography. When the story mentions an event in history that a young reader might not be familiar with, such as prohibition, it takes the time to write a page describing the event so the story can be fully understood. I loved the avid use of illustrations throughout the story to show the reade ...more
A couple years ago, I decided to read all of Dr. Seuss's books. I felt I had been missing something by not having done so sooner. The whole experience just cemented the fact he was a literary genius and no wonder he's such a favorite of kids and grown-ups!

I had been wanting to read more juvenile non-fiction and last year took on the Non-fiction Picture Book (NFPB) challenge, which I enjoyed very much. I wanted to continue it this year and extend it to include MG and YA.

The Who Was/Is...? series
Kayla H. Hoard
Theodor Seuss Giesel was born in Springfield Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. As a boy, he loved to go to the zoo and draw silly animals. Ted's parents came from Germany and during WWI, he was bullied at school for being a German-American. Ted didn't pay a lot of attention to his schoolwork and mainly focused on writing jokes and drawing for the school newspaper, so when it came time for him to decide on which college to go to, He chose Dartmouth in New Hampshire. When he got there he discovered ...more
This book provides a great description of the life of Dr. Seuss. It chronologically goes through his life with plenty of details. It starts with him growing up as a child with his family, then to going off to college, changing his mind a few times, meeting different people, etc. All to finally achieve success in the end. The book covers all his achievements as well as failures. It talks about his personal relationships as well as business relationships.

This book includes a great amount of accura
Danielle Scharen
Non-Fiction/Informational Text

This is an informational book on Dr. Seuss, or Theodore Geisel's life and how he became the author that he did. It starts right from the beginning of his life and talks about his parents, where he grew up, and where he went to college. It is important for students to remember that famous people like Dr. Seuss have more to their life than just being an author. This non-fiction story is designed as a chapter book with some pictures, but it does not have a lot of photo
Kristina Maines
Who was Dr. Seuss is a great book! I myself learned a lot from it. It contained a lot of information going from his young childhood through his death. Although this information didn't go into great detail at times, it still held my interest.

It would be a great read aloud for K-2. This age students are typically the ones most interested in Dr. Seuss books. Reading the biography about him is a great way to introduce him as an author. Students would be able to see where Dr. Seuss was coming from w
We finished reading Who Was Dr. Seuss? by Janet Pascal. This is a nonfiction biography all about Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss wasn't actually his real name. His real name was Theodor (Ted) Seuss Geisel. He created the name Dr. Seuss to be playful. He wasn't really a doctor. Did you know that whenever Dr. Seuss traveled he liked to buy a new hat. He would often use this hat as a thinking cap. Dr. Seuss invented the hat that the Cat in the Hat is wearing and it is famous. Dr. Seuss loved to draw animals a ...more
Amanda Bonbrisco
“Who was Dr. Seuss?” by Janet Pascal is quite the fun and entertaining biography! As much as we all love Dr. Seuss books, most of us do not really know the man behind the books. This is a great way of quickly introducing him and providing brief background knowledge to students. The book contains fun facts and great illustrations that would be beneficial to use in the classroom.

I would recommend using this book as a read-aloud in grades K-2 with students who have recently been reading Dr. Seuss
Tyresa F.
this book was about the life of dr.seuss
I loved this book! It is written at a level that can be easily understood by young adults. This book gives the reader a glance into the life of Dr. Seuss. It also mentions how he developed the characters in his books. It also clarified any terminology that young adults could/would stumble upon as they read this book. Would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Pascal, Janet B.; Harrison, Nancy; Who Was Dr. Seuss?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2011, biography, 2nd – 5th grade, rate 5, lexile 820L

This biography tells the life of Dr. Seuss. It describes his early years, up until his death. It describes all the jobs he held, the books he wrote and the reasoning behind them, and how his wives impacted his life.

I rate this 5. I enjoyed the chapter book feeling with lots of illustrations that helps young readers to better understand what’s being told in the biograp
Travis Morgan
This book would be a great read during Dr. Seuss week. Not only did Dr. Suess produce some great and eccentric reads for young children, he also lived an eccentric life. I feel that the students would be amazed to learn about his personal life and how his books came to be. They may also find it interesting to know that his name first or last name is not Seuss, but Theodore Geisel. I would also explain that he wore crazy hats in real life and ask the students if they think that this is what promp ...more
I am not Dr Seuss's biggest fan but I can see the appeal of the books to young children and I remember my youngest being chuffed to bits when he could read a book - yes it was one of Dr Seuss's and it was one of his books I left in my oldest sons uni room when we dropped him off to start the next chapter in his life.
It was interesting to read about his life - I had vaguely heard bits about him but actually did not know he had done so much.
I was supposed to be reading it to see which kids it wou
Amber Hurlbert
I was attracted to reading this book, because even though I have read many books written by him, I was not educated about his life. This book included a timeline of his life, and of some of his most famous books. I also liked that the books had chapters, even though it was a non-fiction biography.

The twin text that I chose for this book was "Oh the Places You'll Go" because it was a book written by Dr. Seuss. I chose these as twin texts, because many schools celebrate Dr. Seuss Day each school
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This is an example of the Who Was series. All of these books depict one significant person to our history and the use a timeline format of going through that person's life. They touch on childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood, but more importantly, they go into why that person is notable.

We have used these books in 4th grade for a wax museum project. Students had to choose a significant person from history and research various apsects about their life. The culmination of the project is havi
Luanne Hatcher
Interesting book! I read this biography to refresh my memory on the life of Dr. Seuss and was hoping to learn additional info. to share with my elementary students. Well, I did learn a few things, but I would not share them with the children. I wish I hadn't discovered that he got drunk and in trouble during the Prohibition, and that the adult book he wrote ("The Seven Lady Godivas") was full of pictures of naked ladies. It saddens me that he suffered from moods and depression, and was so depend ...more
Lily C
It was a good book. You learn a lot about dr Seuss and how creative he was. It's was good for me to read other than reading non-fiction books about people haven't really heard of. I read dr Seuss books at a younger age and they were my favorite. It was interesting to learn about his life and about his books and I do recommend it for a non-fiction book. It teaches you facts about him and his early life. It just is very interesting. If you have read dr Seuss books at a younger age I reccomend it t ...more
Sammy Holthaus
I loved it. I found out so many things about Dr. Seuss and about the books he has written. I would have to say this is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've ever read. The topic suited my personality perfectly. First of all I like to draw and use my imagination. And second of all, the obvious one Dr.Seuss is the best author!!!! As a kid I always read Dr. Seuss. In fact my baby cousins room theme is Dr. Seuss. If you like drawing and being creative this is just the book for you. It is also a ...more
Steven F
This book is about the children's book writer Dr. Seuss. Did you know Dr. Seuss was least likely to succeed in high school? There are two things I found out about Dr. Seuss. One he is not a Dr. In any way shape or form. Two his last name isn't Seuss it's Geisel. His first name is Theodor and he loved to prank people. One time when someone asked for a fish, he painted a picture of a fish and gave it to them instead of a real fish. I liked this book because I've always had an interest in doctor Se ...more
Damrais Marc
The book I read this month was called, ''Who Was Dr.Seuss." It was by Janet B. Pascal. The book genre is nonfiction. The book was really good. It had a lot of facts about Dr.Seuss growing up and how he wrote all of those children books. His wife and himself could not have any kids, so he kept writing children books. His illustration was outstanding, and a lot of people wanted to hirer him for his designs. The reason why I rated this book a four star was because it was a really good book but not ...more
Theodor Seuss Geisel spoke English and German, he went by the name Ted but everybody knows him as Dr. Seuss. Ted grew up in a family that had big imaginations, he liked wordplay and telling jokes from the time he was a little boy. His dad came up with a great name for his invention: “Silk-Stocking-Back-Seam-Wrong-Detecting-Mirror”. We liked that Ted thought it was important for Americans to keep their eyes open to things going on around them, he thought it was very important for people to help e ...more
Who Was Dr. Seuss? is the biography of Theodor Geisel by Janet B. Pascal and one of the books in the “Who Was…?” series. The novels takes you through Geisel’s life, from his parents’ brewery and his time in Boy Scouts to his later life, doing ad campaigns for bug repellent and using his children’s books to make statements. With its black and white illustrations and explanatory text, students will enjoy learning more about a beloved author. The book does not gloss over challenges as other biograp ...more
Kimberly Werner
A nice beginner biography of Dr. Seuss. The recommended age group is age 8 and up (intermediate). The first chapter starts with Theodor Suess Geisel's March 1904 birthdate in Springfield Massachusetts. The following chapters explore Dr. Suess' family life and the origins of his love of word play, as well as, his achievements and insecurities. Many children readers will relate to Suess' fear of public speaking and they might even be surprised to learn that he had such a fear. Reference to histor ...more
Diressa Belcher
Who was Dr. Suess? Dr. Suess was a literary geuius who changed children's literature forever! Theodor Suess Geisel had a humble upbringing. He was from German dissent. He faced adversity at a early age. Children often teased him because of his German heritage during World War I. Theodor loved word play. He got this love from his mother. She made up funny words out of pie flavors from her family bakery. Ted eventually went to Dartmouth University. He fit in quite well. One day he threw a party. H ...more
We read so many books that were written by Dr.Seuss, but we have no idea how this guy was really like! So this book would be perfect to read with the class to learn about Dr.Seuss. This book talks about his childhood, schooling, careers, and more. It also talks about how he began to write his stories for children. So if I were to read this story to students, I would have students write a letter to Dr.Seuss and talk about their favorite book to him to make connections.
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