Before Dr. Seuss --- Theodor Geisel --- wrote the “Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs & Ham” or most of his acclaimed children’s books, he used his illustrative talents and penchant for rhyming to pen political cartoons and produce propaganda films that supported the Allied cause in World War II.
After a three-year stint in the military, Geisel finally returned to civilian life, having received the Legion of Merit award for “exceptionally meritorious service in planning and producing films, particularly those utilizing animated cartoons, for training, informing and enhancing the morale of the troops.” And with the publication of “McElligot’s Pool” in 1947, Dr. Seuss finally returned from the war effort as well.
Today would have been the iconic children's book author's 112th birthday. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Featured Image: A Dr. Seuss book is seen as children play during a press preview of an interactive exhibition dedicated to Dr. Seuss at the Children's Museum of Manhattan July 6, 2004 in New York City. The 4,000 square-foot exhibit is titled, 'Oh Suess! Off to Great Places' and will remain open at the museum until July 2005. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)