Cat in a spat: Scrapping Dr Seuss books is not cancel culture

A boy reading a Dr Seuss story during an online lesson in Los Angeles. PHOTO: REUTERS

Let's start by putting aside the bugbear that it is even possible to "cancel" children's author Dr Seuss. As national correspondent Philip Bump wrote in The Washington Post: "No one is 'cancelling' Dr Seuss. The author, himself, is dead for one thing, which is about as cancelled as a person can get."

Laying aside a multimillion-dollar publishing business, tattered copies of Dr Seuss books clutter children's bedrooms worldwide. Parents still grapple nightly with the tongue-twisters of Fox In Socks, Horton Hears A Who! or Hop On Pop, and try their best to keep their eyes open through a 20th reading of Green Eggs And Ham.

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