Friday, March 02, 2007

I hated that darn cat, but...

Random House is doing a promotion today: send a birthday card to the Cat in the Hat and Random House will donate a book to First Reads for each card sent. They say you can send more than one, so go for it. (If it will load for you--I'm having problems, but I have Stone Age software.)

While on the topic, MotherReader has written a fabulous hallucinogenic Ode to our favorite Good Doctor. She also directs us to a blog collecting our favorite Dr. Seuss lines, which I will have to get to later.

For my own tribute to Dr. Seuss today, I did a little research on something I've wondered about every since reading Happy Birthday to You. Was Dr. Seuss really writing a pro-life stance into his books? This interview with one of his biographers says vehemently, no:

Amanda Smith: And then, also, the anti-abortion lobby in the United States has used a line from Horton Hears a Who, the line that says, "A person's a person, no matter how small." Would that have been in accord with Seuss's intended meaning?

Philip Nel: Absolutely not. In fact, during his lifetime Seuss threatened to sue an anti-abortion group unless they took that off their stationery and they did take it off their stationery but it's still used. I've still seen propaganda in recent years from pro-life groups that have adopted Horton's line, "A person's a person, no matter how small." It's one of the ways in which Seuss has been misappropriated. He would not agree with that.


Blogger MotherReader bligged...

Someone once told me that about the book and it ruined it for me. I hated the idea of Dr. Seuss putting that message in the book. It seemed sneaky. Thanks for the report.

Thanks for the shout-out too.

3/02/2007 3:37 PM  

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