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Dr. Seuss: Young Author and Artist (Childhood of Famous Americans) [Paperback]

Kathleen Kudlinski , Meryl Henderson
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June 1, 2005 8 - 12 years3 - 7Childhood of Famous Americans
One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily read by children of eight and up -- today's youngster is swept right into history.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Childhood of Famous Americans
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780689873478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689873478
  • ASIN: 0689873476
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathleen Kudlinski was born in Philadelphia PA in 1950. She studied art and Biology at the University of Maine and became a science teacher, sharing her love of science with kids.
Since then she has written more than 40 books for kids, including science, biography and historical fiction. Kathleen's series starter BOY, WERE WE WRONG ABOUT DINOSAURS! won an Oppenheim Gold Award. Others earned NSTA and NTSS awards as well as appearing in many book clubs and being translated into 5 languages.
Bird watching, painting animals, nature "walking" on her red hot ATV, teaching writing, and Skyping with classrooms world-wide keeps her busy.
Kathleen writes by a window overlooking a pond at the home in Guilford, CT she shares with her husband, Hank. Sometimes she writes in the log cabin they built together in Weathersfield, VT. In either place, nature is all around, a macaw clings to her shoulder and a pit bull warms her feet.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Just finished this book, part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series I've been reading since the '70s. The author does a wonderful job of telling Seuss' life story in a way that is interesting and neither glosses over difficult topics nor scares the young reader with them. Tough topics such as his first wife's despondency over a long-term debilitating illness, the hard experiences of anti-German-American sentiment, the logic behind Prohibition and the toll it took on his family's livelihood, and even the outcome of the Cold War are handled with impressive gentleness while still avoiding oversimplification. The illustrative scenes from his family and work life are well chosen and give a good sense of the run of his career and shifts over time. It would be easy for a series like this either to be preachy or stilted, yet the author does a fine job steering between that particular Scylla and Charybdis. This highly readable and informative book will even be going into my collection for struggling high-school readers, for whom I believe it will provide not only great interest, but also adequate challenge. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! November 8, 2012
By Batfan7
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I really love this series of biographies. They tell the stories in such a way as to make them exciting and interesting as well as informational. These are stories, not just hard facts, but there are so many interesting things happening in such a quick succession that it really holds your interest!

For this particular book, it was a fascinating look at the things that shaped Dr. Seuss into the ground-breaking children's author/illustrator he became. The childhood prejudice he faced first as a German descendant during WW1, then as the son of a brewery owner during the Prohibition, then as a Jew during WW2 (the last of which turned out to be a mistake) influenced him greatly, as did the horrors of Nazi indoctrination in the German youth. He longed to nudge people into becoming kinder and in the end I believe he left the world a better place for his passion.

I knew nothing about this man before reading this book and ended it being amazed and impressed with is life, so this is the kind of biography I would want my kids to enjoy. I recommend it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful series October 15, 2006
Format:Paperback
Dr. Seuss is about the great children's book author, Ted Geisel. Geisel loved drawing pictures of zoo animals. He began drawing advertisements for Flit Bug Spray. He went to college in England and began working for the paper. I loved this book because it inspired me to make art and read Dr. Seuss books.
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