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The Boy on Fairfield Street

by Kathleen Krull

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This is the story of Dr. Seuss’ childhood. He was made fun of and discouraged by many but never let it bring him down. It is a great biography told by Krull who is an expert on the subject. The author’s description accurately portrays where the subject lived, went to school, and worked. The events in the story help the reader understand the subject’s life. Dr. Seuss is absolutely worthy of a biography and the story of his upbringing is enlightening.

Reading Level: 4-8
Genre: Biography
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
A great book to read to children that discusses "...How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr.Seuss." Krull does a terrific job of describing the major events in Geisel's life that led to his creativity in his books. One of the major impacts on Geisel, is his dad. He would take him to the zoo, as he owned one. He then would give him pencils and paper where he started to draw all of his crazy creatures that led to his widely known book, "If I Ran the Zoo." Almost all of his books have crazy zoo animals that add a twang to his books. Before reading a Dr. Seuss books, I would recommend reading this one first. ( )
  sabdelaz | Mar 1, 2014 |
This was a very informative book on Ted Geisel's life. The illustrations complement the text and help to illustrate the story of his life. I especially liked the addition of Geisel's own illustrations at the bottom of each page. This short biography can be read aloud to students of all ages, and older students would enjoy reading it to find out what Geisel was like as a child. The author included interesting and important details about Geisel's life. This is a story about following your dreams and not giving up even when it seems impossible. The author includes more information in the back of the book that chronicles Geisel's adult life. There is also a list of all the books he wrote and illustrated and suggested websites. ( )
  SuPendleton | Feb 15, 2014 |
Excellent! ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
The illustrations were well-done, but do not fit with the common perception of Dr. Seuss as fun and silly. I also did not like that the story only covered his life up to the age of 22,w hen he moved to New York after selling a cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post. I'm sure children will enjoy learning about Dr. Seuss' childhood, but his adult life, when he was publishing his popular and successful books, should be included as part of the biography, not as a note at the end. ( )
  JessieP73 | Apr 6, 2013 |
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Young doodlers and dreamers of the world, take heart--the famous Dr. Seuss, creator of Whos and Sneetches, was a doodler and dreamer, too. Kathleen Krull's engaging picture-book biography of Ted Geisel, the real Dr. Seuss, takes us from his early childhood on Fairfield Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, to the time when he's 22 years old in Greenwich Village and just starting to think he might make a go of it as a person who draws flying cows. Krull tells a lively story, carefully including details that help us understand how Seuss became Seuss, from playground injustice (Geisel was a German American and World War I loomed large) to his love for Krazy Kat comics.

Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, who also illustrated Seuss's My Many Colored Days, cast Seuss's childhood in a nostalgic light with lovely, old-fashioned paintings. A four-page section in the back picks up Seuss's story again, taking us to 1937 when he launches his children's book career with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and all the way to his death in 1991. A complete list of Seuss's books and recommendations for further research closes this fascinating look at one of America's most beloved creators of children's books. (Ages 8 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Introduces the life of renowned children's author and illustrator Ted Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss, focusing on his childhood and youth in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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