And to think that…Dr. Seuss’ first book almost went up in flames.

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street was the first book by Theodore Geisel, (GUY-suhl) or Dr. Seuss to millions worldwide. He took the manuscript to more than 20 different publishers before getting a deal, and very nearly torched it numerous times.

Seuss did more than introduce the world to grinches, sneetches and wockets in pockets. The fanciful, nonsensical, downright Seuss-ical stories targeted young and beginning readers, revolutionizing a previously straightforward genre. As a matter of fact, the hallmark Sam I Am was written with only fifty different vocabulary words.

All in all, Seuss’ books have sold an estimated quarter billion copies, with no end in sight. So…

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