Dr Seuss the Anti-Fascist

>>  Sunday, August 19, 2012

We do Dr Seuss is our house. I told you about The Lorax a long time ago and was surprised about how many people hadn't heard about it. It is the ultimate ecological warning about how we are destroying our planet and as individuals we can make a difference to it's future.

We went to see the film and thoroughly enjoyed it, despite being the Seuss purists that we are.  HWMBO can quote The Lorax word for word.  COG is more Fox in Sox.  I prefer the slightly less rhymey books like the King's Stilts.  But 'I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew' resonates with me all the time I feel a post coming on about that one.

Dr Seuss isn't just about children's easy readers.  In each story he gives a clear and concise message.  Whether it is about differing perspectives 500 hats of Barthomew Cubbins, vanity Gertrude McFuzz, appreciation Solla Sollew, racism Sneetches.  There is quite often an underlying positive message that remind us all about how great we are, the fantastic things we can achieve and taking the opportunities to do them.

But did you know he was a political cartoonist.  He won a Pulitzer for his anti-fascist cartoons of the 1940's.  His cartoons railed against racism and anti-Semitism

Pushing America to support the war and against isolationism.

 If you are interested this is a great book both for the cartoons he drew and the story behind them.

But if you fail to do nothing else read your child The Lorax, teach them that it is important that someone speaks for the trees.

"UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."


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