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Popular Amazon Bestsellers: Dr. Seuss Literary Works


Popular Amazon Bestsellers: Dr. Seuss Literary Works

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Earlier this week, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the entity responsible for managing the intellectual property of Theodor Seuss Geisel, widely known as Dr. Seuss, overseeing various mediums such as books, films, television, and more, announced the discontinuation of six Dr. Seuss picture books. These six titles, namely And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer, were highlighted for containing outdated and racially insensitive illustrations. While the visual representations are not displayed here, they have been critiqued for their problematic depictions of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

“These publications convey harmful and incorrect depictions of individuals,” emphasized Dr. Seuss Enterprises in their statement.

Concurrently, Dr. Seuss literature was conspicuously absent from the celebrations of Read Across America Day, an annual event promoting literacy among young audiences. President Joe Biden, in his commemorative speech, made no reference to any works by Dr. Seuss, in contrast to his predecessors. This deviation was noted as an unusual occurrence, particularly since Read Across America Day coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

This announcement sparked criticism from online communities, branding the situation as a form of “cancellation” towards Dr. Seuss. Whether as a response to this criticism or due to an increased awareness of Dr. Seuss’ works within the general populace, numerous titles by Dr. Seuss surged to the summit of Amazon’s bestseller rankings. Leading the list is The Cat in the Hat, trailed by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham. Notably, both Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat dominated the Amazon bestseller charts in Canada as well.

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