What was the childhood of Dr. Seuss like?


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Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. His father was a successful brewmaster named Theodore Robert Geisel. His Grandfather was also a brewmaster. He had one sister named Marnie.

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What was the childhood of Dr. Seuss like?
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Theodore's mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often sang her children to sleep by repeating the rhymes she remembered from her childhood in a chanting, melodious manner. This was Theodore's first inspiration to write the poems that would later make him a famous author.

When Theodore was young, his family enjoyed financial stability for several years. However, a string of incidents, including World War I, presented financial challenges to the family, who were German immigrants. Also, the prohibition movement created further financial hardships for the family, whose business was in brewing.

Growing up in Springfield had a powerful influence on the later work of Dr. Suess. For example, when Theodore was young, he used to wander about the waterways in Springfield's Forest Park. These memories later showed up as the waterways in the Jungle of Nool frequented by the character Horton the Elephant in one of his books.

When he was a teenager, Theodore left Springfield to attend Dartmouth College, where he became Editor-In-Chief of the campus's humor magazine.

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