The Cat in the Hatby Dr. Seuss
|Year of Publication:||1957|
|Notes:||The story of a cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure.|
COMMENTS — In May of 1954, Life published a report concerning illiteracy among school children. The report said, among other things, that children were having trouble learning to read because their books were boring. This inspired Geisel's publisher, and prompted him to send Geisel a list of 400 words he felt were important, asking him to cut the list to 250 words (the publishers idea of how many words at one time a first grader could absorb), and write a book. Nine months later, Geisel, using 220 of the words, published The Cat in the Hat, which went on to instant success.