Now, in a way, this book, The Cat in the Hat, captures the essence of Geisel’s particular genius as a children’s author.
在某种程度上，The Cat in the Hat这本书抓住了Geisel作为一位儿童文学作家特有的天分的精髓。
Geisel actually wrote it in response to an article written in 1954 by an acclaimed novelist named John Hersey.
In this article, Hersey criticized the textbooks being used in elementary schools to teach children to read.
He called the books “boring, contrived, and utterly humorless.”
After seeing Hersey’s article, Geisel must have wondered what made the books so dull. And one thing he found was they used only words from the Dolch List.
The Dolch List contained a few hundred common sight words, words like, well, cat and hat.
At the time, the Dolch List was widely adhered to by publishers of textbooks for beginning readers.