In response to the Cambridge librarian commenting on Dr. Seuss as a “tired and worn ambassador of children’s literature,” we would like to invite press to visit the Dr. Seuss museum display at the Big E, where we are seeing thousands of people who consider Dr. Seuss a vital part of their daily lives.
Karen Fisk, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Springfield Museums has had the pleasure of meeting a steady stream of people from throughout New England in the Massachusetts Building where she is staffing a display about Springfield, MA, native, Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.
“I met a 24 year old recent immigrant from Sudan who was excited to tell me he learned how to speak English by reading The Cat in the Hat.” Fisk said. “I also talked with a professor from a local college who is deeply impressed by the rhyming Dr. Seuss used. I have met hundreds of young mothers who told me their children learned how to read from Dr. Seuss. And hundreds of teachers and their students who want to get their picture taken with the Cat in the Hat because they love him.” When virtually every child calls out “It’s Dr. Seuss!” when they see the statue of the Cat in the Hat, it seems clear they love him. Fisk said, “The stories of familiarity and gratitude are endless.”
It is not just local folks who would agree:
- Barack Obama: “Theodor Seuss Geisel — or Dr. Seuss — used his incredible talent to instill in his most impressionable readers universal values we all hold dear,” Obama wrote.
- “Through a prolific collection of stories, he made children see that reading is fun, and in the process, he emphasized respect for all; pushed us to accept ourselves for who we are; challenged preconceived notions and encouraged trying new things.”
- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, in a letter to his newborn daughter: “I hope you read your favorite Dr. Seuss books so many times you start inventing your own stories about the Vipper of Vipp.”
- To raise money for refugees, Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods and the Newbery Award-winning The Graveyard Book, staged a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks.
Here is a link to local children’s book authors and local people speaking about their gratitude toward Dr. Seuss on the occasion of the opening of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, courtesy of Focus Springfield Community TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llt5o7ynanU&feature=youtu.be
Since the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has opened at the Springfield Museums June 3, 2017, 70,000 visitors from all fifty states, plus Puerto Rico, and eleven other countries have walked under the whimsical arch into the Seuss museum. This number represents a 300% increase in visitation for the Museums! In three months the Museums have had the visitation they had last year in twelve months.
For further reading about the progressive impact of Dr. Seuss http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/14765-radical-reading-the-progressive-dr-seuss