Six books by Dr. Seuss will no longer be published due to their use of offensive images, according to the company that oversees the estate of the author and children’s illustrator.
In a statement Tuesday, Dr Seuss Enterprises said he decided last year to end the publication and licensing of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s books. Titles include his first book written under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, “And Thinking I Saw It On Mulberry Street” (1937) and “If I Run To The Zoo” (1950).
“These books portray people in hurtful and reprehensible ways,” Dr Seuss Enterprises said in a statement, which coincided with the birthday of Mr Geisel, who died in 1991. The company said the decision came after he worked with a group of experts, including educators, and reviewing its catalog of titles.
The other books that will no longer be published are “McElligot’s Pool”, “On Beyond Zebra!” “Great scrambled eggs!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
Mr. Geisel’s stories, which have been translated into dozens of languages, are loved by fans for their rhymes and fantastic characters but also for their positive values, like taking responsibility for the planet. was racist and presented harmful representations of certain groups.
In “And Thinking I Saw Him On Mulberry Street”, a character described as “a Chinese” has two slits for his eyes, wears a pointy hat, and carries chopsticks and a bowl of rice. In “If I Ran the Zoo”, two figures from “the African island of Yerka” are portrayed as shirtless, without shoes and looking like monkeys.
Before becoming a giant in children’s literature, Mr. Geisel drew political cartoons for a New York-based newspaper, PM, from 1941 to 1943, including some who used harmful stereotypes to caricature Japanese and Japanese- Americans. Decades later, he said he was embarrassed by the cartoons, which he said were “full of instant judgments that any political cartoonist must make.”
Random House Children’s Books, which publishes Dr Seuss’ books, did not respond to a request for comment.
Sopan Deb contributed to reporting.