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The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss Paperback – January 12, 2010

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About the Author

Kathleen Krull is the author of Harcourt’s popular “Lives of . . .” series and the award-winning Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman. The author lives in San Diego, CA.

Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher illustrated New York’s Bravest, My Many Colored Days, and other distinguished picture books. They live in Minneapolis, MN.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375855505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375855504
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KATHLEEN KRULL is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers, which includes the successful Lives of... series. Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, CA. Visit her at www.kathleenkrull.com AND http://facebook.com/kathleen.krull

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
My daughter loves Dr. Seuss' imaginative tales and has recently been keen to read about the authors of her favorite books. She picked out this book when she discovered it was about Dr. Seuss. This biography reads more like a story which makes it perfect for young children (my daughter is in second grade) as it adds interest and the illustrations also enhance the narrative.

Ted Geisel who came to be known by his most famous pen name, Dr. Seuss, grew up in the town of Springfield, Massachusetts. As a young boy, Ted loved to read and discover more about wild animals. It helped that he lived close to both a library and a zoo! As Ted grew older, he realized that he didn't quite fit in with the other kids, especially since many of the other children were descended from families that had lived in the town for generations while Ted's grandparents were immigrants from Germany, and were thus considered outsiders.

Nevertheless, Ted's imagination continues to grow even when he faces obstacles - my daughter and I learned that Ted's art teacher in high school was not very inspiring, in fact she objected to Ted's creative work, claiming they were exaggerated. Despite his love of "fooling around", Ted manages to get a place at Dartmouth college and continues to dream and doodle even there. Eventually though, with the help of a friend, Ted realizes that he needs to be himself and exercise his creativity in a productive way, and soon enough success comes knocking at his door!

This biography is pitched just right for its target audience of young readers and is both fun to read as well as inspiring. This makes a perfect follow-up after reading (or re-reading as may be the case) some favorite works by Dr. Seuss, and there surely are plenty to choose from! My daughter and I had an interesting discussion about how early influences in one's life can have a lasting impact on us when we grow up. This makes a great addition to children's collections in libraries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Rank on June 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The book covers Geisel's youth and adulthood as two separate sections, with the youth section being a more fun read. You get to learn about his three-legged dog and his stuffed bear Theophrastus. The author creates a vivid picture of Geisel's young life.

But the author loses those details in the second half of the book when Krull tries to summarize Dr. Seuss' life works in a small amount of space. It's no easy feat and I give her credit for trying.

The illustrations by Johnson and Fancher are beautiful and deserve constant revisiting.
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Format: Paperback
March 1st was Dr. Seuss’s Birthday; I hoped to learn more about the man who become known as Dr. Seuss. I loved the story line and would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about Ted Geisel.

I have an event on March 21st with children from local schools, I believe they would be interested in this book and learning more about the man who became Dr. Seuss.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a fabulously written biography of the life of Dr. Seuss. I was reading it to my seven year-old and the eleven year-old let out a big AWWW when we quit for the night before finishing the whole thing.

The specs show that this book is 48 pages long, but these are long pages with just a few illustrations in between. I'm planning to stretch it out for at least one more reading.
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I loved this book when I read it in our school library. My grandson likes to write and this story about Dr. Seuss as a boy has been an encouragement to him. I have found that children enjoy finding out about the authors of the books that they read and learning that these authors were once ordinary kids just like they are.
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I used this book as a read aloud for Dr. Seuss Day! It is full of information. However, I've used it in both a first and a third grade classroom. My third grade students grasped the information much easier than my first graders. Still, it is an excellent resource when learning about Dr. Seuss!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a really cute book about the first 22 years of Dr. Seuss's life. I love how the pictures corresponded with the written word and how each page had a little drawing of what Dr. Seuss did in each of his books. At the back of the book, it gives a list of books that he wrote.
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By D. Cook on March 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
All about the life of Dr. Seuss. His birthday was yesterday and I thought it was amazing myself that I read this book close to his birthday. I also totally forgot about his birthday.
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