Dr. Seuss Enterprises Will Shelve 6 Books, Citing 'Hurtful' Portrayals
American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) sits at his drafting table in his home office with a copy of his book, 'The Cat in the Hat', La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)

Dr. Seuss Enterprises will stop publishing six of the creator‘s books — together with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — saying they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” The books have been criticized for a way they depict Asian and Black folks.

The choice to cease publishing and licensing the books follows a overview by a panel of educators and different specialists, in line with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the corporate that controls the creator‘s books and characters. The different 4 titles that can be completely shelved are McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.

The firm says the choice was made final yr, in an effort to help “all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship.
First published in 1937, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is the book that propelled Theodor Seuss Geisel’s career to new heights, as he pivoted from working in advertising to writing children’s books as Dr. Seuss.

Several of Geisel’s later books overshadowed Mulberry Street. But over the years, critics and readers have struggled to reconcile the open-hearted and clever tone of it and other Seuss classics with the small-minded caricatures of minorities they also contain.
“In And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, for instance, a personality described as Chinese has two strains for eyes, carries chopsticks and a bowl of rice, and wears conventional

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Japanese-style footwear. In If I Ran the Zoo, two males mentioned to be from Africa are proven shirtless, shoeless and carrying grass skirts as they carry an unique animal. Outside of his books, the creator‘s private legacy has come into query, too — Seuss wrote a complete minstrel present in school and carried out as the primary character in full blackface.”
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced the plan to halt publishing and licensing the six books on Read Across America Day, a celebration of children’s books that has long been linked to Dr. Seuss — the March 2 date is also Geisel’s birthday. But the National Education Association says it no longer partners with the Dr. Seuss company for Read Across America, its year-round push for parents and families to read.

Discussing Read Across America and the Dr. Seuss books on its website, the NEA says, “Students want books that present each home windows and mirrors if we’re going to create extra readers, writers, and individuals who really feel included and acknowledged, and who perceive that the world is much richer than simply their experiences alone.”

Beyond today’s announcement, Dr. Seuss Enterprises says, it will do more to promote diversity.

“Ceasing gross sales of those books is just a part of our dedication and our broader plan to make sure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and helps all communities and households,” the corporate says.

 

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