The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

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Award-winning author Kathleen Krull zeros in on the formative first 22 years of the life of Ted Geisel. This is the first picture book biography of Dr. Seuss, written especially for his young fans who want to know what made him tick. The animals in the zoo that his father ran and his fondness for drawing them, the injustices he suffered as the child of German immigrants, and his inherent sense of humor all fed into the imagination of this boy. He was a square peg in a round hole until he found that he could make a living doing exactly what he pleased—doodling and writing funny things about the world as he saw it.

The last section of the book outlines the important events in his adult life. In addition to the evocative paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, the book is profusely decorated with art from Dr. Seuss books.
 

About Kathleen Krull, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

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Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, California. Boris Kulikov lives in New York City.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This team of three once again encapsulates the life of a famous figure with a childhood view, animated text and expressive oil-and-ink illustrations (The Boy on Fairfield Street, 2004).

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“Once upon a time, there lived a boy who feasted on books and was wild about animals.” So begins this young biography of Dr. Seuss.

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"Once upon a time, there lived a boy who feasted on books and was wild about animals."

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Krull's (V Is for Victory ) fond tribute to Dr. Seuss focuses on the well-loved author/artist's youth. Growing up in Springfield, Mass., Ted Geisel "f

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Later, Farnsworth persuades investors to fund his efforts, which, with the assistance of his wife, Pem, result in the first, primitive “electronic television” in 1927 (incidentally, Pem became the first person ever to be televised).

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Krull (Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything) details how "the ultimate rich kid," who could have had a life of luxurious ease, grew up to become one of America's most renowned 20th-century leaders.

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Featured in spot art, familiar Seuss characters frolic through these pages, thematically complementing the illustrations while reminding readers why Geisel's life is worth celebrating.

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