The famous author who excels at rhyming words will have several books ceased of sales.
A handful of stories that used to be deemed as classic children’s books will stop being published after several Dr. Seuss books have been deemed racist and insensitive.
To name a few, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, “If I Ran the Zoo,” and “Scrambled Eggs Super!” have been claimed as racist by the company, including insensitive imagery.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.Dr. Seuss Enterprises via AP
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.Dr. Seuss Enterprises via AP
The remaining names on the list of books that have also been affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
The decision to cease all publication and sales of the named books was apparently made last year after months of discussion, the company explained AP.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.Dr. Seuss Enterprises via AP
As adored as Dr. Seuss is for many, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others have been drawn and portrayed in his books.
In fact, The National Education Association which founded Read Across America Day for many years, has deemphasized Dr. Seuss books and has encouraged a more diverse reading list to children.
“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books has also received criticism but will continue to be published for now.
From here on out, you can expect to see several names from Dr. Seuss’ book collection stopped from being published.