"They (Dr. Seuss Enterprises) were very, very thoughtful about the way they did this. And I think they recognize that you know these six books really don't fit with the way we think today about depicting people. And so, I appreciate their decision. And I think that they've done it in a way that still recognizes the vast works that Dr. Seuss has provided to many of us."
"It's just evidence of how far we've come that we look back at those images and we say, 'You know what, it just doesn't fit who we are and want to be.' And so, I think there's much good that can be gleaned from it."
"I think that it's important for children to know that we're not perfect, and sometimes we do things that maybe even Dr. Seuss would redo today. And so, I think it gives us an opportunity to teach a lot of really good things to young people."
7. Good holding book
8. Another of Dr. Seuss's book sits on conference table
Six Dr. Seuss books - including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” - will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said Tuesday.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families," it said.
The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company, which was founded by Seuss' family, told AP.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles," it said.
In “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl.
“If I Ran the Zoo” includes a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads.
Books by Dr. Seuss - born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904, have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.
He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago, the company said.
"I think that it's important for children to know that we're not perfect, and sometimes we do things that maybe even Dr. Seuss would redo today. And so, I think it gives us an opportunity to teach a lot of really good things to young people," said Pamela Good, the CEO of Beyond Basics, a non-profit dedicated to combating illiteracy among children.