Dr. Seuss’ Commitment to Social Justice (The Conversation)



“While the siblings in What Pet Should I Get? may not be as familiar as Scout and Jem Finch, Dr. Seuss’ new book is the latest addition to a body of work that remains just as committed to social justice as Harper Lee’s famous novels,” writes Professor Donald Pease in an opinion piece for The Conversation about the new book by beloved children’s author Theodor Geisel, Class of 1925.

“The 650 million children who have read Dr. Seuss’ books have been exposed to new ways of viewing the world, of rethinking a social order often imbued in prejudice. … As older readers relive their response to a universal question nearly all children face, What Pet Should I Get? will allow a new generation of readers to discover why Dr. Seuss remains forever relevant,” says Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

Read the full opinion piece, published 7/27/15 by The Conversation.

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