Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of racially insensitive imagery, the company that preserves the author’s legacy has said.
Among the six children’s titles being withdrawn are If I Ran the Zoo, Scrambled Eggs Super, McElligot’s Pool and On Beyond Zebra! There has been disquiet expressed over the way the books portrayed non-white characters.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises said, “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” It said the decision was made after consulting experts and teachers.
It added, “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalogue represents and supports all communities and families.”
The other books affected are And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street and The Cat’s Quizzer.
The announcement was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the late American author and illustrator’s birthday.