Even the Grinch Must Be Blue

updated 10/07/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/07/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD, THE CAT IN THE HAT IS COMING back. An elephant named Horton distinctly hears a Who. And, without a doubt, a sleeping child is dreaming of Green Eggs and Ham. Theodor Seuss Geisel, who under the pen name Dr. Seuss created all these wonders, died Sept. 24 at his home in La Jolla, Calif. The 87-year-old writer and illustrator had been ill for several months. The son of a Springfield, Mass., brewer who ran a zoo during Prohibition, Geisel wanted to write serious novels. His first, The Seven Lady Godivas, published in 1939, was a failure. But his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was a best-seller: Dr. Seuss had found a vocation. Forty-six kids' volumes followed, selling some 100 million copies. Many of these works contained subtle messages about environmentalism, tolerance and peace. Said old friend Bob (Captain Kangaroo) Keeshan: "He tried to emphasize strong values that not only children but adults need to have in this world."

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