For many people Dr Seuss books were a part of their childhood growing up and hearing the stories he wrote. Yesterday the business that protects and preserves the legacy of the famous author, have announced that six of the books you may have read as a child will no longer be getting published.
The illustrations in the children’s books have been deemed racist and insensitive. With Dr Seuss Enterprises’ saying that people are portrayed in hurtful ways in these books.
The titles that will no longer be published are If I Ran the Zoo, Scrambled Eggs Super!, The Cat’s Quizzer, McElligots Pool, And to Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street and On Beyond Zebra!.
Despite many of Dr Seuss’s books being beloved and praised for their positive values, the negative undertone now being brought to light is casting a shadow on this.
Schools have already begun to distance themselves from the work of Dr. Seuss, following research showing a strong undertone of racism being evident in some of his work. But they have not gone as far as to say the books are banned from schools.
The popular title The Cat in the Hat has also come under criticism but for now will continue to be published by Dr Seuss Enterprises’.
Did you grow up reading Dr Seuss books? What are your thoughts on this?
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