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- Seuss’ real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel
- Seuss’ first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times
- He won several major awards, including: two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Price, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and a Peabody Award.
- Writing as Dr Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books. These books have been translated into more than 15 languages and have sold over 200 million copies around the world.
- The Cat in the Hat was written as a result of a 1954 report published in Life magazine about illiteracy among school children. A text-book editor at a publishing company was concerned about the report and commissioned Ted to write a book which would appeal to children learning to read, using only 250 words given to him by the editor.