Shmoop University Shmeusses Dr. Seuss' Works

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Shmoop, an educational publishing company, releases guides to reading and thinking about the books of the late Dr. Seuss.

Would a child read it on the train?
Would a student read it in the rain?
Would an adult read it on a jet?
Would a parent read it on the net?

Theodor Seuss Geisel left behind him an oeuvre unparalleled by any other children’s writer. (He would, of course, have been troubled by the use of the word “oeuvre,” as it is so difficult to find a rhyme for it.)

However, “children’s writer” may be a stretch. While his works were certainly targeted at a younger audience, the themes that run throughout Seuss’ books are considered by many to be a little… adult. Parents may not want to paint that full wall mural of Yertle the Turtle in their kid’s bedroom just yet, unless they’re interested in creating a bully.

Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and online test prep, is here to guide students and parents alike through all of Dr. Seuss’ symbolism and allegory. The online guide will shed light on which stories are really morality lessons in dis-Geisel:

  •     Is Horton really just an elephant who hatches an egg? Or does that egg stand for something else? And it certainly begs the question – what came first, the elephant or the egg?
  •     Seussian symbols? Shmoop uncovers them. Students will never eat green eggs and ham again. Not that they ever did.
  •     Want to delve into the mind of the elusive Cat in the Hat? Check out Shmoop's character analyses of all of Seuss’s most beloved (and notorious) characters. One at a time though – let’s not form a Grinch mob.
  •     Get the dirt on some of Seuss’s juiciest gems: The Lorax; The Cat in the Hat; Horton Hatches an Egg; Oh, the Places You’ll Go!; The Sneetches and Other Stories; The King’s Stilts; If I Ran the Zoo; Bartholomew and the Oobleck; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish; Green Eggs and Ham; and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

From childlike wonder to wartime interventionism, this guy has something to say about everything. Check out Shmoop’s guide to Shmeussology to be enlightened about all things Seuss. Shmoop besneetches everyone.

About Shmoop
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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