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Because of racist images: Six books by Dr. Seuss are no longer printed


The successful author Dr. Seuss created characters like the Grinch and Horton Who Hears a Who - now several of his children's books are no longer to be published. Images in it are racist.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel at his place of work in California - he died in 1991

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"These books portray people in a way that is hurtful and wrong."

Seuss Enterprises, the company that manages Theodor Seuss Geisel's estate.

The statement relates to six books by the famous children's author that are no longer to be published in the future.

These are "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street", "If I Ran the Zoo", "McElligot's Pool", "On Beyond Zebra!", "Scrambled Eggs Super!" And "The Cat's Quizzer" .

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure that Dr.

Seuss Enterprises represents and supports all communities and families, «announced the company on the birthday of the author and illustrator, who died in 1991 at the age of 87.

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Children's book by Dr.

Seuss: Praised for linguistic wit and positive values

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was one of the most popular children's book authors in the world.

He became famous as Dr.

Seuss and with him his characters: the Christmas hating Grinch, the cat with a hat, the bad-tempered Lorax or Horton who hears a whoop.

His books have been translated into dozens of languages ​​and are sold in more than 100 countries.

The business magazine "Forbes" listed Geisel as the second highest paid dead celebrity of the year in 2020, bestsellers such as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" brought in 33 million dollars in one year.


Seuss' works are praised for their wit in the language and for values ​​with positive connotations such as environmental protection and tolerance.

In recent years, however, there has also been increasing criticism of the way people of color are depicted in his children's books and in his earlier advertising illustrations.

A Chinese character has lines instead of eyes, traditionally wears Japanese clothes and has chopsticks in hand, men in Africa are portrayed barefoot and wearing only a bast skirt.

The entire portfolio is to be reviewed

Numerous organizations and institutions from the educational field have withdrawn from Dr.

Seuss turned away.

In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts criticized a gift of ten Seuss books from then First Lady Melania Trump, saying that many of his works were "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes."

"Listened" and, as part of a review process, received feedback from the readership, including teachers and academics, in order to then review the catalog in a round with experts, the press release said.

"The Cat in the Hat," one of the most popular books in the catalog, which had also come under fire, will continue to be published for the time being.

However, the entire portfolio will be checked further, it said.

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Source: spiegel

All life articles on 2021-03-02

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