Regardless of your opinion of Dr. Seuss, he is hands down one of the most influential children’s writers of all time. His work is timeless and a true classic. However, according to Reuters, the Dr. Seuss Enterprise announced that 6 of his books will no longer be printed because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”
Here is list of Dr. Seuss’s books that will no longer be printed. I’ve attached the read aloud in case you’d like to see the “racism” yourself.
1. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street:
In this story, a child undergoes a walk down Mulberry Street and envisions silly, exciting things to tell his dad when he gets home. This is a great story that encourages imagination in times of boredom or hard times. However, critics have discontinued the story due to drawings of an Asian child, that is described with keen eyesight. Please feel free to listen and let me know what you think!
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Z6MLJZtKY
2. If I Ran the Zoo
Young Gerald McGrew wants to start his own business-he wants to make a zoo. Therefore, he goes on a journey to find silly, random animals for his new enterprise. This story fosters imagination and the entrepreneurship spirt; however, it is discontinued due to the drawings of the bare-footed, African animals. Feel free to listen to the story and let me know what you think in the comments.
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkcFclWDb-g
3. McElligot’s Pool
Marco tries to caught fish in McElligot’s pool, even though the pool is polluted. Although critics have discontinued the book due to it’s fish drawings (the eskimo one specifically); they are missing the point on what this story is actually about! I for one, find this to be a great story about staying true to your guts and never giving up. For instance, Marco is determined to stay positive and hopeful, even though he knows it is not likely to find fish in the polluted pool. Therefore, this is a great story for teaching kids to stay positive during bleak times. Feel free to listen to the story and let me know what you think in the comments.
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84KYjV_NEhk
4. On Beyond Zebra!
Conrad Cornelius creates an alphabet that goes beyond Z. However, the story is more than about the alphabet, as it is about thinking outside the box. For instance, Seuss states, “there is more that you find when you aren’t left behind.” Although this book has been discontinued for it’s “offensive” art work, I feel critics are once again missing the point of the story. Feel free to listen to the story and let me know what you think in the comments.
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytbn1-CXN7U
5. Scrambled Eggs Super!
Peter T. Hooper loves to cook and wants to improve his scrambled egg recipe. Therefore, Peter tries making eggs with other kinds of eggs. This story is a great story that teaches kids to try new things. Nonetheless, it has been discontinued due to the drawings of Peter grabbing the eggs from under the birds privets. Feel free to read the story and let me know what you think in the comments!
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syjjooxRucI
6. The Cat’s Quizzer
In this story, the reader undergoes a series of random questions and fun facts. Although this is a very fun, light hearted story-critics have discontinued the book due to it’s racial questions. For instance, one of these questions were, “Do Japanese eat with pogo sticks or joss sticks?” I personally love this story and believe it is fun way to get kids thinking and questioning about the world around. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yeNj1akz30
The Real Reason Dr. Seuss Books are Discontinued…
The Dr. Seuss Enterprise stated themselves that “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” However, the reality is, they can hide behind race all they want. It doesn’t change the fact that they are slowly stripping away children’s imagination and freedom of thought.
Imagination: It is evident that a sense of humor is lost when Dr. Seuss books are taken literally. For instance, in every story listed above, the child went on an imaginative journey of some sort. Therefore, the protagonist saw a series of animals, letters, eggs, fish and questions that were fun, silly and most importantly-not real. Yet somehow, these books are considered “offensive” when they are based off of dreams.
I believe that the idea that dreams are now offensive strongly suggest that our children are no longer encouraged to dream. This is very concerning because if children are deprived from there own imagination, then what do you think will happen to there child development? In my personal and professional opinion, I believe that today’s children will become more depressed then ever before if they are stripped from there own imagination, mind and identity.
Freedom of Thought. It has become more obvious with these recent times that imagination is lost because freedom of thought is being attacked. After all, those who are smart and educated are usually those who are very creative and imaginative. I believe that the stories above are discontinued in efforts to deprived children from there right to question the world around them. For instance, in Beyond Z and a Scrambled Eggs Super, children are encouraged to think outside the box. In fact, if you go back and read any of these stories listed above, you will notice that they all encourage children to think more freely and creatively.
I realize this article may come off as strong to some of you and understand that many of you may think this nothing. However, I felt compiled to discuss this topic because what is discontinued today will be banned tomorrow.
Please feel free to comment your thoughts below! I’d love more then anything to hear your opinions on the subject matter!