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The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel…

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss

by Kathleen Krull, Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator)

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I absolutely adored "The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Deuss". What a fascinating book! Perhaps I loved it because I have always been fond of Dr. Seuss' writing and illustrations, but I was completely engrossed in the story. The book tells the tale of Ted Geisel's childhood: his love of doodling animals, his silly sense of humor, and how a boy who didn't fit in grew up to be one of the world's most famous authors. According to "The Boy on Fairfield Street, "Ted did break the rules... his biggest 'crime' was exaggerating things... he just had an unusual way of looking at the world and, more often than not, this seemed like a bad thing to other people." I would highly recommend this book to children and adults alike. ( )
  TBurley | Jan 27, 2016 |
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  ebeluna | Nov 8, 2014 |
This book about Dr. Seuss shows us how the big dreams of a little boy turned into something unforgettable to millions of people. He loved reading books and visiting the zoo as much as possible when he was young. Through high school he got bullied because he was German; children found any slight reason to jab at him. World War I was in affect so the Americans took great offence to anything him and his family did. His parents always pushed him to rifle shoot like them or to attend college to become a doctor. Little did they know he would become "doctor" Seuss! Later, while attending college he met a young women who unexpectedly inspired him to pursue his own way of drawing and writing. He eventually married this young women and moved to New York to engage in his own type of art and writing. He was successful and grew old to be one of the most memorable authors. This book is inspirational to all who have big dreams and have been doubted. ( )
  Raquelb | Aug 29, 2014 |
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 |
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Fancher, LouIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375822984, Hardcover)

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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