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The Cat Behind the HatWhy fit in when you were born to stand out Talk Dr Seuss These words of a modern literary genius a man who revolutionized childrens literature still ring true today Author of 46 of the best known childrens books of all time and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize Theodor Geisel truly exemplified his own words his quick wit and memorable rhymes in addition to his self-invented words helped to create his timeless childrens tales Published in the early 1980s at the height of the Cold War The Butter Battle Book is a critical retelling of the conflict and a departure from the traditional topics of childrens literature The Butter Battle Book tackles a heavier far more serious topic than his regular books giving it a slightly somber mood At the core of this work lies a lighthearted satire of cold war conflicts but woven throughout the text are themes on racism and international competition which originate from his experiences with racial prejudice his marital difficulties and work as a World War II cartoonist It is these very events that have influenced Geisels illustrious literary career from its humble beginnings onwards these experiences that led to the transformation of Mr Geiselinto Dr SeussThe Butter Battle Book a critique of the Cold War conflict is reflective of the increased uncertainty the world now faced After the conclusion of World War II the map of Europe and the rest of the world changed radically Europe was split into eastern and western blocs supported by the Soviet Union and the United States respectively which led to intense competition This resulted in the nuclear arms race and the idea of mutually assured destruction where weapons are stockpiled not for self-preservation but to ensure that if the enemy attacks they shall be completely destroyed as well In a blatant political statement Dr Seuss takes this entire situation and mirrors it in the book The Yooks and the
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