Dr. Seuss: A poem to celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday

American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) sits at his drafting table in his home office with a copy of his book, 'The Cat in the Hat'.

(CNN)You read his timeless rhymes

You watched all the cartoons
The "Cat in the Hat"
      Thing One, and Thing Two
        Dr. Seuss "The Cat in the Hat"
        But do you know how it all started?
          Do you know where it all began?
          The story of the man who
          brought the world "Green Eggs and Ham"?
          No need to sit and worry
          No — we'll explain it all
          Just sit back in your chair, relax and
          Silent that next call
          Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham"
          His mom was Henrietta
          His dad was Theodore
          They brought him to the world
          March 2, 1904
          At night she'd sing her songs for him
          Always at bedtime
          Later on in life he said
          That's why he loved to rhyme
          Dr. Seusss book, What Pet Should I Get?
          He headed off to college
          at the ripe age of 18
          That's where he started writing
          at his school magazine
          Then one day he was fired
          He had no plain excuse
          But he continued writing
          He used the alias, simply "Seuss"
          Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax"
          Then off he went to Oxford
          After graduation
          That's where he failed to meet
          his dad's soaring expectations
          So he dropped out, then moved
          Back home to the US
          To begin to chase his dream
          of becoming a cartoonist
          Dr. Seuss "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"
          He started working here and there
          a range of publications
          Until he joined the army
          as Commander, Animations!
          His focus was on training films
          Until the war ended
          Then he moved to California
          Where his legacy was cemented
          Dr. Seuss' "Fox in Socks"
          He wrote "And to Think That I Saw It
          on Mulberry Street"
          His first book as Dr. Seuss
          Came to be complete
          The journey wasn't all that smooth
          Rejected 27 times
          He cut some words, made fewer lines
          and tightened up his rhymes
          Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go"
          Then Suess, he was approached
          By the director of a board
          They needed something new, they said
          The kids -- they are so bored!
          So he began to make a book
          With not too many words
          Less words, he figured, that might work