Who Was Dr. Seuss?
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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
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laima
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...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...more
Jessica
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.
Jill
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...more
Den
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...more
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
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
Wade
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
Theresa
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
Ellie
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.
Jack T.
This is a very good book. It has a lot of cool facts about Dr. Seuss. Did you know that his real name is Ted Geisel? I didn't!!!! He spoke English and German. He passed away in 1991. There is a lot more good facts about him and you will have to read the book to find out the rest. I liked it because I loved reading Dr. Seuss books when I was little. It really interested me. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Seuss.
Haley A
This book taught me a lot about Dr. Suess! Did you know that his full title was Dr. Dr. Suess? Weird right! I also learned that he created the word nerd! He was a great author/illustrator who deserves a great book like this! I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about Dr. Suess. The last thing I learned was that he died in 1991. This was a fantastic book and more people should read it!
Christina Deroche
A very interesting book for children who like Dr. Seuss. Who Was Dr. Seuss talks about his life and how he started writing and drawing. Good to use if you want to learn to write books like Dr. Seuss.


This book would be good in the writing center. It talks about Dr. Seuss's life and how he created his stories. It gives an introduction about what made him want to write the way he does.
Logan B
Who Was Dr. Seuss? is a very excellent book! Did you know he should technically be called Dr. Dr. Seuss? I didn't at the start of this book. My favorite part was when his career finally lifted off and he finally got a decent income. My least favorite part was when his wife became very ill and he became very depressed. Another part that I liked was when he went back and finished college. This book is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone!
Heather
- full biography of Ted Geisel with black and white line drawing illustrations
-does not gloss over difficult parts of childhood- anti-German sentiment and how prohibition affected his family's brewery business
-language and font seem appropriate for age range (8 and up, tone is cheerful-presents a great deal of information in a way that is accessible and interesting, but not casual.
-has table of contents, but this does not provide much in terms of a reader trying to find specific pieces of inform...more
Calvin  Kwon
I liked that the book was very funny and that the character Dr Seuss was also funny. Did you know that the Cat in the Hat was not so famous when it first came out? I also liked the part when his dad told stories and he was allowed to go into the small lion and tiger cages and he got chewed up every once in a while.
Matthew M
Pages: 101
Genre: Biography
Brief summery: Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. He was a great man and wrote lots of great children books. He always stood up for himself and was a person that would mess around during school. He never took school seriously and his parents were very sad about that. But he still ended up going to college, before his dad died he at least witnessed his son becoming famous. Dr. Seuss was happy about that and he always has loved his dad. Dr. Seuss and a great career and...more
Jonathan
Quick and easy to read, probably the most appropriate series I've found for young readers to find some good solid facts about people. These biographies do a good job of sharing all aspects of the people being discussed without sugar coating anything, but they do it in a tasteful way that is kid friendly.
Susan
The story of Dr. Seuss, (Theodor Seuss Geisel,) moved me significantly. I felt as though my own identity, my career as a librarian and as a parent, all of it would have been significantly different had he not written books that were fun for children to read, opening a new world for children. Previously, books for children were boring, repetitive, and had to always preach some moral. The idea of books being fun to read was actually was a new idea, almost sinful. But the children couldn't get enou...more
Kellen Blankenship
"Who was Dr. Seuss?" is a fun biography for a child to read. It's filled with easy to read text along with illustrations. The book is broken up into different chapters that focus on different aspect of the author's life. Each chapter gives a brief but decent exploration into the man's history and his past. The style of writing and pictures makes this a great non-fiction transitional book as well. This would make a good book for introducing non-fiction to students who typically read only fantasy....more
Hillary Humiston
I appreciated the history in this book. However, there were some tidbits of information that I wasn't so keen to share with my 2/3 classroom and I would say are not all that appropriate for any elementary children. Who knew that Dr. Seuss made a book of naked women?
Shaeley Santiago
Did you know Dr. Seuss used to draw advertisements for bug spray called Flit? Many stories are shared about how he got the ideas for his books, and often it started with a drawing. From information about his young life to his death in 1991, this book covers it. There are also some connections to U.S. history including Prohibition, the stock market crash & Great Depression, to WWII when Dr. Seuss signed up for the army and helped produce training movies for soldiers starring Private SNAFU.

Ot...more
Julie
My daughter surprised me by picking out several of these "Who Was/Is" books the last time we went to the bookstore. The first one she read by herself (Walt Disney); we read Queen Elizabeth and Dr. Seuss together. The books are easy enough for her to read, and have enough pictures to still keep her engaged. We are now reading Thomas Jefferson (whose true history has been debated for many years now), and she has Amelia Earhart lined up next, followed by Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt. My dau...more
Jaklyn
Provides great information on Dr. Seuss! Great for reports!
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