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The controversial things about Dr. Seuss that took me by surprise

Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel is a prolific author whose work has become a literary staple in children's literature. Despite this, he has been accused of underlying racism in his artwork.

A plush 'Cat in the Hat' toy is displayed next to 'What Pet Should I Get?,' the latest book by Dr. Seuss, on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 at a bookstore in Concord, N.H. The book, released 24 years after the authorís death, includes the same pair of siblings featured in Seussís 1960 classic 'One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.'

AP Photo/Holly Ramer

Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel is a prolific author, whose work has become a literary staple in children's literature. He illustrated during the early and mid-half of the last century, and was known to be progressive and anti-racist. Despite this, he has been accused of underlying racism in the artwork for a few years now.

National educators have been advocating to "cancel" the author in the name of change for this reason. March 2 is not only his birthday, but Read Across America Day. That has significantly altered.

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