Dr. Seuss Cancelled

Page from the book And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street

Page from the book “And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street”

Jayden Smiley, Reporter

Dr. Seuss known for his famous children’s books has recently been under discussion of a “cancellation” Six of the late author’s books are being halted in publication. Of these six books, the first book Dr. Seuss published was “And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street”.

These six books have been pulled and stopped in production because of racially insensitive imagery. The books pulled were the above “And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street”, “If I ran the Zoo”, “Scrambled Eggs Super”, Mc Elligot’s Pool”, “Oh Beyond Zebra!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer”. Dr. Seuss Enterprise made the decision to pull these books with the statement “ These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong”. The announcement was timed to align with Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Dr. Seuss has had an amazing library of books that have had numerous spinoffs, such as movies and tv shows. Books created by the author have been translated into hundreds of languages, converted into Braille, and have been sold in countries around the world. The sudden pulling of six of these classic books was a shock to most people, then news of these books being “cancelled” upset a big majority of people who grew up reading these books to themselves and later to their own kids. Lots of mixed feelings among many different people made the news of these books being pulled way more exaggerated than it should have been.

“They are books written by a conservative man, if I had kids or smaller siblings, I wouldn’t want them reading the books. They are just books; books get pulled all the time.” – Jordan Purcell (11) when asked for her opinion on the topic of the author and books being pulled.

“I don’t care if they leave or pulled them, it doesn’t matter. I think its kinda stupid, but it doesn’t affect me” – Julian Shellnutt (11).

There are many different views on the decision to pull these books, with people who think Dr. Seuss is a bad person for what he’s done in the past, and others who think it was a simple misunderstanding.