Six books by Dr Seuss, including And thinking I saw it on Mulberry Street and if I walked the zoo, it will stop posting because of racist and insensitive images

“These books portray people in hurtful and wrong ways,” said Dr Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author’s legacy, on Tuesday

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and wider plan to ensure that Dr Seuss Enterprises represents and supports all communities and families “

The other books affected are McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra !, Scrambled Eggs Awesome !, and The Cat’s Quizzer

The decision to stop publishing and selling the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company said in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday

“Dr Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and professionals as part of our review process, “it said

“We then worked with a group of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles”

Books by Dr Seuss, who on 2 March 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, when Theodor Seuss Geisel was born, has been translated into dozen of languages ​​as well as Braille and sold in more than 100 countries

He died in 1991 but remains popular, earning an estimated $ 33 million ($ 42 million) before tax in 2020 from just $ 12 million five years ago, the company said

Forbes listed him as the second highest paid dead celebrity of 2020 behind pop star Michael Jackson

So much Dr Seuss is revered by millions of people around the world for the positive values ​​in many of his works, including environmental protection and tolerance, so in recent years has criticized the way blacks, Asians and others drawn in some of them his most popular children’s books, as well as his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately hosted it on Geisel’s birthday, Dr. Seuss highlighted for several years and promoted a more diverse reading list for children

In 2017, a Cambridge, Massachusetts school librarian criticized a gift from 10 Dr. Seuss books by former first lady Melania Trump and said many of his works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes”

In 2018, a Dr Seuss Museum in his hometown of Springfield a mural that contained an Asian stereotype

The cat in the hat – one of the most popular books by Dr Seuss – was also criticized, but will continue to be published for the time being

Dr However, Seuss Enterprises said it is “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio”

In the 2007 book “Should We Burn Babar?” claimed the author and educator Herbert R Kohl, the books “Babar the Elephant” are celebrations of colonialism, because the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to “civilize” his companions

One of the books, Babar’s Travels, was removed from the shelves of a UK library in 2012 because of alleged stereotypes about Africans

Critics have also blamed the Curious George books for their premise that a white man brings a monkey home from Africa

And Laura Ingalls Wilder’s depictions of Indians in her novels Little House On the Prairie have received so many criticisms that in 2018 the American Library Association removed her name from a lifetime achievement award it awards every year

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