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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
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Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kathy Worrell  ツ
Mar 11, 2016 Kathy Worrell ツ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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10 stars!!!!

Dr. Seuss was a truly remarkable man!

If you enjoy reading his books, I highly recommend this short story on his life!

Now, I want to run out and buy all of his books!

An interesting quote: "I may doodle a couple of animals. If they bite each other, it's going to be a great book."

One of my favorite quotes:"A person's a person no matter how small."

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!!
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
Mari Anne
Mar 15, 2015 Mari Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
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!
May 01, 2016 Madissen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked that book because I always was intresting in him so I really wanted to learn about him I learneds a lot about him
Mar 17, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful account of the man that revolutionized children's reading forever.
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
Sammy Holthaus
Dec 01, 2014 Sammy Holthaus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2015 Earl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristina Maines
Feb 04, 2014 Kristina Maines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maines-k-5
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
Daniel Middleton
Sep 27, 2015 Daniel Middleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
I'm the father of a nine-year-old girl, and I read this book (for myself) in one sitting. I am also a children's book author and illustrator so I read it not only to see if it would be appropriate for and of topical interest to my daughter, but also for personal enjoyment. I was not disappointed. The book's narrative flies by it so riveting, and the various aspects of his life are presented in simple chunks in a chapter-by-chapter package that older children will be able to process on their own. ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Seuss is probably the first author any child is aware of. He certainly was for me. I remember making green eggs and ham in preschool. :p
Title: Who Was Dr. Seuss?

Author: Janet Pascal

Illustrator: Nancy Harrison

Genre: Biogrpahy

Theme: Fun, informative

Opening line/sentence: “In 1985, Princeton University awarded honorary degrees to six people.”
Brief Book Summary: This book tells the story of Ted Geisel, Dr. Seuss and how he became the passionate, well-known children’s author. He was a fun-loving man who loved to host dinner parties with friends, and at these dinner parties most guests would wear fun hats. These hats inspired most of
Lana Harriman
May 08, 2015 Lana Harriman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Personal Reaction - I thought this book was an easy read full of fun facts about the man known as Dr. Seuss. I've always loved Dr. Seuss' books. They've been a big part of my life since I was a young child. My favorite book when I was 3 and 4 years old or so was One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. My mom would have to read it to me at nap time each day. I had it memorized and would always catch her if she tried to skip pages. The tradition continued with my daughters' as Holly's favorite book ...more
Jane LoBosco
May 04, 2015 Jane LoBosco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book because Dr. Seuss has been such an influential author in the world of children's books. I thought this book was a wonderful way to inform people of the life of Dr. Seuss. The book is full of wonderful content about the life of Dr. Seuss, which really brings all of the books he has written to life. I enjoyed learning more about Dr. Seuss, and the book did a great job of keeping his biography engaging and entertaining. This book is especially great because there ...more
Lauren Hendricks
Mar 01, 2015 Lauren Hendricks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
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.
Feb 12, 2015 Tyresa F. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was about the life of dr.seuss
Jul 19, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never memorized any passage from a "children's book" except something from Dr. Seuss. My favorite was about the Sneetches and I will remember it until I die:

The star-bellied Sneetches had bellies with stars
The plain-bellied Sneetches had none upon thars

Those stars weren't so great, they were really quite small
You might think that they wouldn't have mattered at all.
Nov 21, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 16, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who was Dr. Seuss by Janet B. Pascal is a very factual book. It gives facts about Dr. Seuss's life. Most people don't know these things about Doctor Seuss but you can find it in this book. This book is only 100 pages and had many facts about Doctor Seuss.
In my opinion, this book was very fun to read. It was only 100 pages and I read it in an hour. It has lots of pictures so you can understand what you are reading about Doctor Seuss. I would like to keep this series and read more about other peo
Rosa Cline
These "Who Was-Who Is?" series of books are always nice to read. They generally start with the person's birth or childhood and then their youth and why they became famous. Their personalities and families etc. In the back is a timeline of the person's life and a time line of events in the world so you can compare what was going on during that person's life. (Sometimes we can't imagine someone not living like we do today but if you see that someone was 28 and fighting in Germany during WWII then ...more
Catherine Clarke
Target Audience: ages 10+

Summary: Pascal celebrates the beloved Dr. Suess' life in this short biography. Starting from when he was a child this book sheds light on how this famous author started writing children's books to his schooling, careers and marriage. A strength of this book would be that it is an engaging read, however, knowing what I know about Dr. Seuss' life. I would say that this book left out major parts of his life including his infidelity. Would I consider this a weakness? Yes, h
Travis Morgan
Oct 05, 2014 Travis Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eec-405, module-2
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
Mar 03, 2014 Den rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2014
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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