The Child in Seuss

"There is a genius in every child and a child in every genius." - Dr. Seuss

Is Dr. Seuss (aka... Theodor Geisel) meant for children? Did he write for an adult audience? There is no question that classics such as Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham were made especially for children. Dr. Seuss said, "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." Although he was a complex, innovative writer he still wrote with children in mind.

Never having children of his own, he attributed his connection with children to his decision to "be a child" all of his life. He explained his own creativity by describing it as the "insane logic" of a child. In other words Seuss got his brilliant ideas by trying to think like a child.

Dr. Seuss approached kids with frankness and he had a healthy respect for their fantasies. He has been able to encourage children to enjoy reading by creating wacky characters combined with silly vocabulary and logic. Seuss made reading fun for children because he inspired them to think creatively.

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