BOSTON – Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to racist and callous images, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced Tuesday.
The announcement coincides with Dr Seuss’ birthday. Titles that will no longer be published include: “And to think I saw him on Mulberry Street”, “If I were running the zoo”, “McElligot’s Pool”, “On Beyond Zebra!” “,” Scrambled Eggs Super! And “The Cat’s Quizzer”.
“These books describe people in a hurtful and wrong way”, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement. “Stopping sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our larger plan to ensure that the Dr. Seuss Enterprises catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”
Additionally, Dr Seuss Enterprises says her books are meant to celebrate reading and support her mission to support all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion and friendship.
Dr Seuss Enterprises said he worked with a group of experts, including educators, to review its catalog of titles and determine which titles contain potentially inappropriate images by modern standards.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which aims to preserve and protect the legacy of the author and illustrator, did not elaborate on what caused the problem with the books, but the Associated Press pointed out several potential problems, especially with the stopping of the two most famous books.
In “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street”, an Asian person is depicted wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks and eating from a bowl.
“If I Ran the Zoo” includes a drawing of two barefoot African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads.
Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904, is one of the most beloved authors of children’s books. His works include classics such as “The Cat in the Hat”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “The Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Lorax” and more.
His books have been translated into dozens of languages as well as Braille and sold in over 100 countries. He died in 1991.