Written by Joseph Reilly
By now, you have probably heard of the growing controversy around the six Dr. Seuss books that have been pulled from shelves over controversial and racist imagery. As times have evolved to rid of old norms and commonplace cultural insensitivities, various forms of media from the past decades have been under tough scrutiny from The Simpsons old comedy routines from comedians, Dr. Seuss is just the latest artist to adapt to the times. Even if it means posthumously.
With that in mind, it’s safe to wonder which Dr. Seuss books are appropriate and void of any controversy. Below are five titles that are just that.
Oh the places you’ll go
When you visit Google and search for Dr Seuss-American author, one of the top results for his books will probably be Oh the places you’ll go. This was one of his last titles published in the early nineties. And it received high praise. Its narratives are far from controversial and touch upon a change in life. Many readers found this book to be one of his most inspirational. He passed away shortly after it was published.
How the grinch stole christmas
You’ll never hear the term Dr Seuss books censored when it comes to this very popular holiday gem be Seuss. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of those timeless classics that teach the lesson of being generous, not only around the holidays but as a disposition in general. Unlike some of his banned books, this book transcended past the literature medium and grew into Hollywood films and hit the mainstream.
one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish
Dr Seuss books have always loved to rhyme in addition to having some sort of takeaway. Usually with his books, just like in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Seuss tries to help kids understand a lesson in the book while delivering it in a way that a child can understand. One fish, two fish, red fish blue fish, is no exception but doubles down on the fun. You won’t find a lot of controversy in this book, just a lot of rhyming and colorful fish.
the cat in the cat
Dr Seuss would never get to see just how big his book empire would grow. The Cat in The Hat, like the Grinch, was one of those books that skyrocketed in fame. In many ways, it grew as the face of his catalog. In a story about a mischievous cat that causes havoc while a couple of siblings are home alone, it’s remains as one of his timeless classics.
green eggs and ham
And finally, when you think about Dr Seuss books, you simply can’t leave out Green eggs and ham. It follows in Seuss’ typical rhyming structure and makes readers crave a breakfast meal that doesn’t exist. There isn’t much of a lesson in this story but there also isn’t any controversy either.
Will Dr. Seuss be on the books to read list 2021? Only time will tell. As of today, there are six books of his that won’t make that cut for sure. But now you know five out of his catalog that you can read without hitting anything that will make you cringe. Unless of course, you don’t like green eggs and ham. It’s an acquired taste.