New Book From Dr.Seuss
In 1954, William Spaulding, the director of Houghton Mifflin's educational division, read an article in "Life" magazine that reported that children were beginning to lose their interest in reading. He contacted Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), who had already published several children's books, including "And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street," and challenged him to write a book that "first-graders can't put down." Dr. Seuss accepted the challenge, thinking that it would be easy to create a children's book with a word list of just over 200 words. However, it took him a little over a year and half to write and illustrate "The Cat in the Hat." It was finally published in 1957.