Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, spent his lifetime dreaming about many different creatures and silly ways to name them. At first, his main goal was to make people laugh and then he turned his talents toward teaching preschoolers to read.
Geisel was born in Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. When he was little, he used to draw crazy pictures on all of his schoolbooks. His parents worried that he had too creative of an imagination. He made it to high school, where he graduated and then continued his schooling at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He wanted to be a professor, but he just couldn’t get his mind off drawing. Geisel graduated, however, in 1925 and went to another school in England, where he met Helen Palmer, who would eventually become his first wife. When Geisel finished school and was ready to leave England, he had not wanted to leave Helen behind, so the two of them were married. Geisel then began looking for work in the United States. He soon found a job in advertising and worked in that business for 15 years. But Seuss grew frustrated with the advertising world and in his spare time he began writing and illustrating an alphabet book for children. Geisel thought the book was an exciting project, but when he showed it to the publishers they turned him down. He became so discouraged he did not write for years.
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