Dr. Seuss penned at least 39 children’s books during his iconic career. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without his Grinch. Several of those books he wrote and illustrated are about to become big collector’s items because they’re no longer being printed.
Six books by Dr. Seuss books will no longer be printed by Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Those books include: The Cat’s Quizzer, If I Ran The Zoo, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, On Beyond Zebra, Scrambled Eggs Super, and McElligot’s Pool.
Some of those books are being pulled because they portray “people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” This announcement was made on March 2nd, the Dr.’s birthday. He would have turned 117 if he didn’t die in 1991.
It’s been 30 years since we lost Dr. Seuss, and now we are losing six of his books as well. This decision came on the heels of President Joe Biden not mentioning “Read Across America Day,” which is usually a March 2nd tradition.
“The Cat’s Quizzer” and “If I Ran the Zoo” were pulled due to references to Orientalism and white supremacy.
Seuss’ work has come under fire in recent years for the racist and anti-Semitic work that was uncovered from his career. A recent study of his writings found that 43 of 45 characters of color had characteristics of “Orientalism” and 2 “African” characters had anti-Black qualities.