It is impossible to overstate the impact that Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, has had on the world of literature and art. Something like one in four American children have their first reading experience with one of his books, and they've sold more than 600 million copies. Add in the library of films based on his work and you see a towering figure of a man responsible for shaping more dreams than almost anyone else in the history of art.
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The Children's Museum of Houston recognizes that, and recently took down its long-running Cum Yah Gullah feature to replace it with the Art of Dr. Seuss. The new exhibit is a celebration of all of Geisel's life, and even though it is heavily focused on the enduring childhood images that he was responsible for it all offers a more well-rounded look at his entire career as an artist than you might expect.
Statues of his most famous characters line the back of the main entry hall, including an amazing bronze rendition of Yertle the Turtle that should probably stand in every government building in America just to bring that all-important message about what happens when you raise yourself too high on the backs of others home. The petty king of the swamp looks both ruthless and ridiculously tiny in the statue, a perfect example of a great piece come to three-dimensional life.More »