The San Diego-based company that controls Theodor Geisel’s legacy made the decision last year.
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This article has been translated from our English edition.
The fact that Dr. Seuss’ books, often filled with caricature and possibly crude depictions of people with color, are not news. This trend can be traced back to the children’s author’s openly racist advertising strips. On his 117th birthday, Dr. However, Seuss Enterprises confirms that six special children’s books by Seuss, also known as Theodor Geisel, were withdrawn from publication and licensing sometime in 2020.
In a statement on Dr. Seuss Enterprises has confirmed to the company, which is a division of Random House Children’s Books and Penguin Random House, that “a group of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made a decision in the year in which the publication and licensing of the following titles ceased: And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street, When I man the zoo, McElligot’s pool, Beyond the zebra!, Scrambled eggs super! Y. The cat’s quizzer. These books portray people in hurtful and bad ways. The cessation of sales of these books is only part of our commitment and broader plan to ensure that Dr. Seuss Enterprises represents and supports all communities and families. “
Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss the Famous / Image: James L. Amos | Getty Images
A hyperlink just below the statement invites you to click on “The Dr. Seuss Experience” where “A wonderful world is waiting for you!” And apparently a lot less insensitive.