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Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss cheerfully goes up to the counter.

He orders a frosty fluff iced tea flan flouter.

He stays very still

His drink remains chilled

He waits (very patient) for his cup to be filled.

He calls to the shop, “I speak for the teas, for the teas have no tongues.

“And I’m asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs,

“Why is my cup taking so long to fill?

“I’ve been standing here, waiting, with my five-dollar bill.”

And finally, after a long, quiet pause,

He lets out a series of hearty guffaws.

“I’m sorry, good sir,”

He cries out with a smile,

“It’s totally fine my drink’s taking a while.

“I’ll stand here and read, wearing nothing but tweed,

“And I know that my drink will be done with great speed.”

He stands and he waits,

And he waits,

And he waits,

And finally, now it’s a quarter to eight,

He hears the barista call out, “Theodore!”

Dr. Seuss stands up and goes for the door.

The barista calls out, “Good sir, here’s your drink!”

Dr. Seuss turns around and tries hard to think.

“I’m so sorry again,” he says with a smile,

“It’s just I’d forgotten my surname was Geisel.”

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Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art Works

For over 60 years, (Theodor Seuss Geisel) Dr. Seuss’s illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page, as in his Secret Art works – the paintings and sculptures he did at night for himself that he rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Ted himself would one day be evaluated not only as an author, but also as an artist in his own right. Click on each picture to see its title and click here to see his collections and read his full biography.

It has often been said
there’s so much to be read,
you never can cram
all those words in your head.

So the writer who breeds
more words than he needs
is making a chore
for the reader who reads.

That’s why my belief is
the briefer the brief is,
the greater the sigh
of the reader’s relief is.

And that’s why your books
have such power and strength.
You publish with shorth!
(Shorth is better than length.)

—  Dr. Seuss

March 2nd 1904: Dr. Seuss born

On this day in 1904 Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is known as a writer, poet and cartoonist who wrote many famous children’s books. His most famous books include ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘Horton Hears a Who!’, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ and ‘The Lorax’. He died in 1991 aged 87.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

UC San Diego’s Special Collections (ucsdspecialcollections) has over 8,500 works by Dr. Seuss. We got a behind-the-scenes peak at some of his unpublished work from the collection which included his “Noble Failures,” a deck of playing cards and sketches for future books.

As an art director in the 1970s, Cathy Goldsmith worked with Dr. Seuss. She tells NPR’s Lauren Migaki how the writer would come into the office to introduce his new books:  

He would gather everybody in a conference room. And first he would read the words to you aloud, and then he would show you the pictures. … It was fabulous ‘cause you would meet that book — not exactly the way a reader would meet it because it hadn’t all been pulled together yet — but you had that sense of discovery.

Though Seuss died in 1991, a new collection of his lesser-known work comes out Tuesday. It’s called Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories.

Image: Marco and other familiar Seuss characters — such as Horton and the Grinch — make an appearance in the collection of “lost” Seuss stories coming out Tuesday. (Courtesy Random House)