Who Was Dr. Seuss?

by Janet Pascal

Other authorsNancy Harrison (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2011



Local notes

921 SEU



Grosset & Dunlap (2011), Edition: Original, 103 pages


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 life.


Original language


Physical description

103 p.; 5.31 inches


0448455854 / 9780448455853



User reviews

LibraryThing member Katieflu628
"Who was Dr. Seuss" is a biography on the famous, Dr. Seuss. This book goes through the chapters of Dr. Seuss' life telling all troubles and successes that he faced. Dr. Seuss is a famous author that mot students come to notice by Kindergarden. This book shows the many roads that Dr. Seuss had to take to get to be the successful man he became. This is an easy read chapter book that has easy to understand vocabulary, and some pictures to expand understanding.… (more)
LibraryThing member Sara.rivera
Summary: The book begins by introducing Dr Seuss by his real name, Theodore Seuss Geisel. Referred to hereafter as Ted, the book chronicles milestones that made Ted into the author children everywhere know. Ted's comfortable turned tumultuous childhood, his struggles with school and his knack for pranks and exaggeration make him a very likable person early on. As the struggles of education and money compound on Ted, he continues to work hard at what he loves and enjoys, and surrounds himself with people he loves that influence and encourage him. Mentions of many of Ted's books are made, as well as the background for how some stories were created. Overall, Dr. Seuss was doodler that put fantastic stories to fantastic creatures. His passion for education and social change are evident by this biography.

Personal Reaction: I loved this biography. I never followed Dr. Seuss much as a child, but as an adult I find immense value in his books and how they hold a young reader (or listener's) attention. This biography gave me a better understanding of the author and a higher level of appreciation for his works. I may need to revisit many of them and present them to students I work with.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have students discuss Dr. Seuss books they have read before or introduce one of his books to them.
2. Students could try writing a short story from a list of given words.
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LibraryThing member Jalyn.Yarbrough
Summary: this book tells the life of Ted Geisel, his love of crazy, outrageous things,and how he became Dr. Seuss.

Personal: i love how the illustrations also told the story. This book Definitely takes kids into the minds of Dr. Seuss and who he was.

Personal. 1.This would be fun to start a studying for the day of Dr. Suess's birthday. and just let the class have a Dr. Seuss day

2. they could find pieces of dr. seuss's personality in some of his books in a group activity
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LibraryThing member kwisem1
I really enjoyed this book because all the information occurred and was explained in chronological order. The chapters went according to how they happened in his life and at the end on page 102, there is a timeline of Theodore Seuss Geisel's life. The illustrations were very detailed, although the black and white could loose the reader, instead of keeping them interested. I did not know that he came from a not so wealthy family before he started writing and publishing books. I learned a lot more information about Dr. Seuss than I ever had known. I liked how he connected some of his books to the real world. For example, on page 63, he states, "Horton is willing to risk everything for the Whos because 'a person's a person no matter how small.' Ted dedicated the book to a Japanese friend." Also in today's society, it made me laugh when I read page 64 about when Helen came home, but was sick because men always say they don't need to rely on women. Dr. Seuss clearly stated that he couldn't even balance a checkbook without her help.

The main message that Janet Pascal is trying to get across is to let the readers become aware of who the real Dr. Seuss is and who it is behind those funny books that we all enjoy reading.
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LibraryThing member DanaLD
Part of the "Who was...?" series, this biography is a good example of an early chapter book that has a lot of information, but it is written in such a way as to not feel too factual. It is entertaining and presents some information that I don't think a lot of people would know about Dr. Seuss. This book would be great to use as part of a research project about Dr. Seuss or authors and theur crafts.… (more)
LibraryThing member rschin1
There are two reasons that I liked the informational book “Who Was Dr. Seuss?” by Janet B. Pascal. First, the chapter book text is accompanied by illustrations on almost every page; this helps students visualize what they are reading. This is important because since this chapter book is for younger students, the pictures may help their comprehension. For example, in the beginning of the book when Dr. Seuss’ is introduced as a young boy (Theodor) it explains about his family and what he loves to do. His sister is shown in one picture, and then when it tells that he loves hanging out at zoos, a zoo is shown. Second, when there is language that is difficult to understand in the biography, there are definitions or charts to help students understand. For example, when the book talks about prohibition there are two pages describing what it was, and where it happened. The big idea of this story is to learn about Dr. Seuss’ life and understand his greatest accomplishments.… (more)
LibraryThing member cyoung23
Before I sat down to read this story, I did not know how I could find any chapter book biography interesting. Once I started reading this book, my outlook changed. The author of this book wrote a very interesting and captivating biography on the life of Dr. Seuss. The frequent illustrations throughout the book helped me visualize the events by seeing actual depictions. Throughout the book, there were also small anecdotes about the history of the time frame the biography was depicting in that moment. This gave me, the reader, a better understanding of the time periods throughout the story. Both of these features made this biography that much more interesting. Also, the author kept a very light tone throughout the book, while also including humor. The voice of this story interested me, as the reader by staying informal. The main idea of this entire book was to tell about the life of Dr. Seuss. The author gave me the important facts, while still keeping it interesting and relevant to the reader.… (more)
LibraryThing member Josh.Hegna
An easy to read, page turning biography. Since they would already have background knowledge, this would be a good book to assign a reluctant or struggling reader if they were required to read a biography.
LibraryThing member jrudnick
This biography of Dr.Seuss is a great way to introduce famous people and to help students research a person if they were writing a paper. This wouldn't be read aloud but a book students should use on their own individually. The best grades would be 3-6 grade. It may be easy for 5/6th graders but it is a great resource for them if they needed an introduction or help researching. Dr. Seuss had a fascinating life and his books are classics that most students know and love.… (more)
LibraryThing member ajohns75
I liked this book several different reasons, but mostly for how it truly demonstrated the offbeat, fun-loving personality of Dr. Seuss along with his passion for writing children's literature. The book was thoughtfully set up to grab reader's attention by first explaining his outrageous youth and then continued on to discuss the impact his career had on the literary world. This biography consisted of beautiful black-and-white illustrations throughout and brought this amazingly gifted author/illustrator to life. This is a great read for anyone who has loved the stories and rhymes of Dr. Seuss.… (more)
LibraryThing member hfetty1
I liked this chapter bibliography on Dr. Seuss! I believe the illustrations definitely added to the overall quality of the book. Specifically on pages 26 and 27, there is a end-to-end page illustration of [Dr. Seuss] and his friend 'taking canes and whacking away the rats'. I think providing this visual picture for students to look at, and understand the 'older fashion' language, is beneficial to student understanding of what actually happened in that particular incident. I believe the fact that the illustrations were black or white wasn't an issue, because this is a chapter book and may be seen as a little more 'sophisticated'. The language used was appropriate for the targeted age group and definitely provided opportunities for students to develop a broader vocabulary. For example, there is one page that describes Prohibition. This is often a topic touched upon within grades 4th-6th, so having the page give a short description, while using language appropriate to the targeted audience, is absolutely beneficial. I believe the main idea of this book was basically all of the accomplishments Dr. Seuss had and the journeys and obstacles he went through to get to where he did. He never gave up to create awesome literature for all youth despite his challenges!… (more)
LibraryThing member MontzaleeW
Who Was Dr. Seuss? by Janet B. Pascal is an excellent story that answered so many questions I had about the man and then some! How did he get his name? Why did he write kid books? What got him started with the silliness? It is explained so well in this book. Why the DR.? Great book, loved it and love/loved Dr. Seuss!
LibraryThing member Figgles
A simple biography outlining the life story of this amazing man. Sadly (and ironically) the prose is flat and the illustrations uninspiring but it did fill me with a desire to know more...
LibraryThing member Sarah.Lew
I would use this book to give to my students if they were doing research on a famous person from history. I might even have my students act and dress up like a famous historian. This book is appropriate for third through sixth grade.






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