Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. Today would have been his 111th birthday. Using the pen name Dr. Seuss, Geisel published 46 children’s books, among them some of the most memorable and durable books of the 20th century. His work remains beloved by children (and adults) around the world–for both the sheer pleasure of his extraordinary wordplay and the deeply humane viewpoints he expressed. Geisel’s work has been widely adapted for stage, screen and television, too.
Among the Seuss classics are Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Hop on Pop, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! It is especially poignant in 2015 to encounter The Lorax, a 1971 fable that explores the plight of the environment under pressure from the “greedy Once-ler.” An eloquent and richly imagined treatise on man’s responsibility to protect the wonders of nature, The Lorax was among Seuss’s favorite books.