File this one under It Pays to Browse the Stacks.
Before I checked out my public library’s section on WWII, I had no idea that Theodor Seuss Geisel had a short career drawing political cartoons for the New York newspaper PM.
On the back cover:
“…lets us know what happens when Horton hears a heil.” Art Spiegelman
Dr. Seuss was born into a German-American family which (before prohibition) owned the Springfield brewery Kalmbach and Geisel, commonly called “come back and guzzle.”
He was raised Evangelical Lutheran, was against American isolation and neutrality, against Charles Lindbergh, against America First. He was an interventionist and wanted to show the connections between the isolationists and the Nazis. He was against racisim and against anti-Semitism, but was stridently racist towards the Japanese.
I learned from this book that Dr. Seuss wrote Yertle the Turtle about Adolf Hitler. Of course, I had to go back to the library and check it out.
And the turtles way down in the pond were afraid.
They trembled. They shook. But they came. They obeyed.
From all over the pond, they came swimming by dozens.
Whole families of turtles, with uncles and cousins.
And all of them stepped on the head of poor Mack.
One after another, they climbed up the stack.
More from Yertle, because it is too rich when you know that it is Hitler.
“You’ve no right to talk to the world’s highest turtle.
I rule from the clouds! Over land! Over sea!
There’s nothing, no, NOTHING, that’s higher than me!”
A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss has all 400 of the cartoons reproduced, including 200 not included in the book. Click on the cartoons to enlarge them. They are engaging on many levels.