When Patrick and I started dating before I was made a child bride, one of the many things he found odd about me was that I had never read Dr. Seuss books.
Because my mom didn’t understand Dr. Seuss and thought his books to be “weird,” we never had them in our house. It’s only now that I have kids and look at what they read with a keen eye that I realize what she meant.
Dr. Seuss is weird.
Nearly every children’s book he wrote is laced with societal and governmental references mixed in with odd characters, odd rhyming, and odd brainwashing.
Yes, I said it. Brainwashing.
Delicious, liberal-minded brainwashing.
The Lorax warns against over-crowding and urban sprawl.
Horton Hears a Who! is a message about the WWII Hiroshima bombing and post-war occupation of Japan.
Yertle the Turtle is about Hitler and anti-authoritarianism.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas was written as a comment on society’s commercialism of Christmas.
Learning all about these nuances of the Dr. Seuss books and a bit about Geisel himself, I’m now in awe of how he uses children’s books to create a message worth learning.
Seeing that I grew up with liberal parents, I’m not sure why my mom didn’t stock our bedroom bookshelves with the indoctrination of Dr. Seuss like I have with my girls.
Because any author who can sum up the inner workings of my brain’s world in one quote and fight the establishment in another is someone to be admired.
In my world everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows – and poop butterflies! -Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!