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The Cat in the Hat is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, featuring a tall, anthropomorphic, mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white striped hat. With the series of Beginner Books that The Cat inaugurated, Seuss promoted both his name and the cause of elementary literacy in the United States.[1] The eponymous cat appears in six of Seuss's rhymed children's books: Basic Characteristics There is some debate as to what constitutes childrens literature. ... Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic childrens books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red... 7th millennium BC anthropomorphized rocks, with slits for eyes, found in modern-day Israel. ... Cats and other felines have often been used as characters in literature and in other forms of media. ...

The Cat in the Hat book cover
The Cat in the Hat book cover

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History

Theodore Geisel, writing as Dr. Seuss, created The Cat in the Hat in response to the May 24, 1954 Life magazine article by John Hersey, titled "Why Do Students Bog Down on First R? A Local Committee Sheds Light on a National Problem: Reading." In the article, Hersey was critical of school primers: is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Philippe Halsmans famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe Life generally refers to two American magazines: A humor and general interest magazine published from 1883 to 1936; A publication created by Time founder Henry Luce in 1936, with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. ... John Hersey, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1958 John Richard Hersey (June 17, 1914 – March 24, 1993) was an American writer and journalist. ...

In the classroom boys and girls are confronted with books that have insipid illustrations depicting the slicked-up lives of other children. [Existing primers] feature abnormally courteous, unnaturally clean boys and girls. . . . In bookstores, anyone can buy brighter, livelier books featuring strange and wonderful animals and children who behave naturally, i.e., sometimes misbehave. Given incentive from school boards, publishers could do as well with primers.

Hersey’s arguments were enumerated over ten pages of Life Magazine, which was the leading periodical during that time. After detailing many issues contributing to the dilemma connected with student reading levels, Hersey asked toward the end of the article:

Why should [school primers] not have pictures that widen rather than narrow the associative richness the children give to the words they illustrate — drawings like those of the wonderfully imaginative geniuses among children’s illustrators, Tenniel, Howard Pyle, "Dr. Seuss", Walt Disney?

Dr. Seuss responded to this "challenge," and began work. His publisher supplied him with the sight vocabulary of 223 words, one that was in harmony with the words the child would be learning in school.


In an interview he gave in Arizona magazine in June 1981, Dr. Seuss claimed the book took nine months to complete due to the difficulty in writing a book from the 223 selected words. He added that the title for the book came from his desire to have the title rhyme and the first two suitable rhyming words that he could find from the list were "cat" and "hat". Dr. Seuss also regretted the association of his book and the "look say" reading method adopted during the Dewey revolt in the 1920s. He expressed the opinion that "... killing phonics was one of the greatest causes of illiteracy in the country." John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, whose thoughts and ideas have been greatly influential in the United States and around the world. ... For the study of sounds and speech sounds, see Acoustics and Phonetics. ...


The Cat in the Hat

In the first book featuring the character (The Cat in the Hat, 1957), the Cat brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant form of chaos to a household of two young children one rainy day while their mother is out. Bringing with him two creatures appropriately named Thing One and Thing Two, the Cat performs all sorts of wacky tricks to amuse the children, with mixed results. The Cat's antics are vainly opposed by the family pet, who is a sentient and articulate goldfish. The children (Sally and her older brother, who serves as the narrator) ultimately prove exemplary latchkey children, capturing the Things and bringing the Cat under control. He cleans up the house on his way out, disappearing seconds before the mother arrives. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Latchkey child is a term used to describe children left at home with little or no parental supervision, referring to the latch key to the door strung around their necks. ...


The book has been popular since its publication, and a logo featuring the Cat adorns all Dr. Seuss publications and animated films produced after Cat in the Hat.


Seuss wrote the book because he felt that there should be more entertaining and fun material for beginning readers. From a literary point of view, the book is a feat of skill, since it simultaneously maintains a strict triple meter, keeps to a tiny vocabulary, and tells an entertaining tale. Literary critics occasionally write recreational essays about the work, having fun with issues such as the absence of the mother and the psychological or symbolic characterizations of Cat, Things, and Fish. This book is written in a style common to Dr. Seuss, anapestic tetrameter (see Dr. Seuss's meters). Metre is the measurement of a musical line into measures of stressed and unstressed beats, indicated in Western notation by a symbol called a time signature. ... A vocabulary is a set of words known to a person or other entity, or that are part of a specific language. ... Literary criticism is the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. ... Anapestic tetrameter is a poetic meter that has four anapestic metrical feet per line. ... Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic childrens books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red...


The Cat in the Hat has also been translated into Latin with the title Cattus Petasatus and into Yiddish with the title "di Kats der Payats". For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... Yiddish (ייִדיש, Jiddisch) is a Germanic language spoken by about four million Jews throughout the world. ...


The story is 1626 words in length and uses a vocabulary of only 223 distinct words, of which 54 occur exactly once and 33 twice. Only a single word – another – has three syllables, while 14 have two and the remaining 221 are monosyllabic. The longest words are something and playthings.


The Cat in the Hat has gone on to sell 7.2 million copies in the United States alone (up to 2000), making it the 9th best-selling hardcover children's book of all time. // This list was originally compiled in 1997, and has been updated using the sources shown. ...


The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

The Cat in the Hat made a return appearance in this 1958 sequel. On this occasion, he leaves Thing One and Thing Two at home, but does bring along Little Cat A, nested inside his hat. Little Cat A doffs his hat to reveal Little Cat B, who in turn reveals C, and so on down to the microscopic Little Cat Z, who turns out to be the key to the plot. The crisis involves a pink bathtub ring and other pink residue left by the Cat. Jan. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... A hat is an item of clothing which is worn on the head; a kind of headgear. ...


The book ends in a burst of flamboyant versification, with the full list of little cats arranged into a metrically-perfect rhymed quatrain. It teaches the reader the alphabet. A quatrain is a poem or a stanza within a poem that consists of four lines. ...


Little Cats A, B and C were also characters in the 1996 TV series The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss was a live-action/puppet television series based on characters created by Dr. Seuss, produced by Jim Henson Television, which aired for two seasons (1996–1998) on Nickelodeon. ...


The Cat in The Hat Comes Back was part of the Beginner Book Video series along with There's a Wocket in My Pocket! and Fox in Socks. Theres a Wocket in My Pocket! is a 1974 childrens book by Dr. Seuss. ... Fox in Socks is a childrens book by Dr. Seuss. ...


Adrian Edmondson narrated both Cat in the Hat stories for a HarperCollins audiobook that also includes Fox in Socks and Green Eggs and Ham. Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957), sometimes credited as Ade Edmondson is an English actor, comedian, director and writer. ... Fox in Socks is a childrens book by Dr. Seuss. ... Books cover Green Eggs and Ham is a best-selling and critically acclaimed book by Dr. Seuss, first published in 1960. ...


Beginner Books

The Cat in the Hat was published by Random House. However because of its success, an independent publishing company was formed, called Beginner Books. DGeisel was the president and editor. Beginner Books was chartered as a series of books oriented toward various stages of early reading development. (From 1957 to 1960, Random House was the distributor of Beginner Books. In 1960, Random House purchased Beginner Books, and it became a division of Random House.[2]) The second book in the series was nearly as popular, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, published in 1958.


Springing from this series of beginning readers were such standards as A Fly Went By (1958), Sam and the Firefly (1958), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), Go, Dog. Go! (1961), Hop on Pop (1963), and Fox in Socks (1965), each a monument in the picturebook industry, and also significant in the historical development of early readers. All are still in print and remain very popular over forty years after their initial publication. Go, Dog. ... Hop on Pop book cover Hop On Pop (ISBN 0-394-80029-X) is a childrens book by Dr. Seuss. ...


Creators in the Beginner Book series were such luminaries as Jan & Stan Berenstain, P. D. Eastman, Roy McKie, and Helen Palmer (Mr. Geisel’s wife). The Beginner Books dominated the children’s picturebook market of the 1960’s, and still plays a significant role today within the phases of students’ reading development. The early success of Beginner Books, both from a commercial and learn-to-read perspective, initiated the blurring between educational and entertainment books.[3]


The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library

Starting in 1998, Random House has been releasing books in a book series titled "The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library." In each book, the Cat in the Hat, along with Thing 1 and Thing 2, shows up and teaches Dick (the boy's name in The Cat in the Hat was not revealed, but the 1971 animated special suggested it was Conrad) and Sally the many things the book's topic covers. There are even side notes that are narrated by Thing 1 and Thing 2. In the book Clam-I-Am, the Cat in the Hat takes a break, and Dick and Sally's beloved pet, Norval the Fish, along with the Cat in the Hat and the Things, teaches the children about life at the beach.


At the end of each book, after the Cat in the Hat's teaching is done, there is a glossary on some of the words used, an index, and a list of suggested books, from other publishers, that cover the topic each book covered.


While the illustrators leave the original outfits of Dick and Sally intact, they've made changes to Thing 1 and Thing 2. In the original "The Cat in the Hat" book and the special, Thing 1 and Thing 2 had plain white skin and blue hair and wore red sleepers. In "The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library," the illustrators have changed the Things' appearance so that they have pink skin and yellow hair and wear blue sleepers.


See list of The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library books


Adaptations

Television

The Cat in the Hat is an animated musical television special. ...

Film

Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 live-action film, based on the 1957 book, produced by Universal Studios, DreamWorks Pictures, and Imagine Entertainment. ...

Seussical The Musical

Seussical the Musical is a musical that combines different Dr. Seuss stories together. The Cat In The Hat plays the narrator, as well as a few minor characters. Seussical is a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000. ...


Educational CD game

Living Books has created an educational CD game of the story, guided by animated characters. Software MacKiev brought this electronic version of the book to the Mac OS X. Software MacKiev is a company specialized in Macintosh software development and publishing. ...


Ride

A ride was built based upon the book in Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure in 1999. Universals Islands of Adventure is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida. ... Universals Islands of Adventure is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida. ...


Parodies

  • A book called "The Cat NOT in the Hat!" written by a fictional "Dr. Juice" was published by Penguin Books USA in 1995. The book depicted O.J. Simpson resembling the Cat in the Hat and describing his perspective on his murder trial with verses such as, "A man this famous/Never hires/Lawyers like/Jacoby Meyers/When you're accused of a killing scheme/You need to build a real Dream Team" and "One knife?/Two knife?/Red knife/Dead wife." Dr. Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel, sued Penguin Books, arguing that the work infringed the copyright to her husband's work. The court agreed and enjoined Penguin Books from distributing the book. [4]
  • Freud on Seuss is a humorous short essay on the symbolism of The Cat in the Hat. [1]
  • In an episode of The Fairly OddParents, Timmy reads a book called "The Rat in Spats", which is illustrated much like Dr. Seuss. The Rat in Spats is similar to Pinky and Phar Fig Newton from Pinky and the Brain.
  • In an episode of The Angry Beavers, an animal called "The Yak in the Sak" appears. This is most likely a parody on the cat in the hat.
  • The Cat in the Hat appeared as the protagonist in The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.
  • The Cat in the Hat appeared in the Family Guy episode "Dammit Janet!" When he offers to clean up young Peter Griffin's house, Peter tells him to leave the mess as he wants to see the look on his parents faces when they get home.
  • A different version of the Cat in the Hat appeared in the Robot Chicken episode "Endless Breadsticks" voiced by Seth Green. In a segment that parodied "Seussical the Musical," the Cat in the Hat was also shown wearing a coat and had an enormous penis.
  • In the movie Borat, when Borat wants to buy a pet, he sees a turtle and calls it a "Cat in the Hat".

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Quoted in the U.S. Senate

In the 110th Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid compared the impasse over a bill to reform immigration with the mess created by the Cat in The Cat in the Hat. He read lines of the book from the Senate floor, quoting "'That is good,' said the fish. 'He's gone away, yes. But your mother will come. She will find this big mess.'"[5] He then carried forward his analogy hoping the impasse would be straightened out for "If you go back and read Dr. Seuss, the cat manages to clean up the mess."[6] Reid's hopes did not come about for as one analyst put it "the Cat in the Hat did not have to contend with cloture."[5] Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. ... In parliamentary procedure, cloture (pr: KLO-cher) (also called closure, and sometimes a guillotine) is a motion or process aimed at bringing debate to a quick end. ...


Film appearances

In the Tom Clancy film Patriot Games (1992), Jack Ryan visits his daughter, Sally, in her hospital room and reads to her from The Cat in the Hat, which features a character named Sally: "I sat there with Sally." Later, he is reading it by himself in the hospital cafeteria, when Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) leader Paddy O'Neill walks in with a gift for Ryan. For the member of the Irish folk band The Clancy Brothers, see Tom Clancy (singer) and for the American Celticist, see Thomas Owen Clancy. ... Patriot Games is a film based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. ... The name Jack Ryan can refer to: Jack Ryan (Senate candidate), former candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois and ex-husband of actress Jeri Ryan Jack Ryan (designer) created the Barbie doll. ... The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Irish: Óglaigh na hÉireann) (IRA; also referred to as the PIRA, the Provos, or by some of its supporters as the Army or the RA.[2]) is an Irish Republican, left wing[3] paramilitary organisation that, until the Belfast Agreement, sought to end Northern...


Editions

All were published by Random House. The original edition was a joint publication with Houghton Mifflin. // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ... Houghton Mifflin Company is a leading educational publisher in the United States. ...

  • The Cat in the Hat:
    • First Edition

The first edition was published in 1957, prior to the establishment of ISBNs. The first edition can be identified by the '200/200' in the top right corner of the front dust jacket flap, signifying the $2.00 selling price. The Cat In The Hat sold for $2.00 for the first year of publication, then was reduced to $1.95 with the establishment of Beginner Books in 1958.

According to the Children's Picturebook Price Guide, 2006-2007 edition, The first edition Cat In The Hat has an estimated market value of $4000.

    • ISBN 0-394-80001-X (hardcover, 1957, Large Type Edition)
    • ISBN --none------- (hard cover, 1957, Book Club Edition)
    • ISBN 0-394-90001-4 (library binding, 1966, Large Type Edition)
    • ISBN 0-394-89218-6 (hardcover with audio cassette, 1987)
    • ISBN 0-679-86348-6 (hardcover, 1993)
    • ISBN 0-679-89267-2 (hardcover, 1999)
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back:
    • ISBN 0-394-80002-8 (hardcover, 1958)
  • The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats introduction and annotations by Philip Nel
    • ISBN 978-0-375-83369-4 (hardcover, 2007)

Jan. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

References

  1. ^ MacDonald, Ruth K. (1988). "Chapter 4, The Beginnings of the Empire: The Cat in the Hat and Its Legacy", Dr. Seuss. Twayne, 105-146. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Judith; Neil Morgan (1995). Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. Random House, 167. 
  3. ^ Zielinski, Linda; Stan Zielinksi (2006). Children's Picturebook Price Guide. Flying Moose Books, 14. 
  4. ^ DR SEUSS v PENGUIN BOOKS http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=9th&navby=case&no=9655619
  5. ^ a b Dana Milbank. "Snubbing the White House, Without Snubbing the White House", June 8, 2007. 
  6. ^ Stephen Dinan. "Senate tries to cool immigration bill heat", Washington Times, June 6, 2007. 

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