Yesterday it was announced that six Dr Seuss books would cease to be published due to racist and insensitive portrayals that are contained within them. For reference, these books are:
- If I Ran the Zoo
- Scrambled Eggs Super
- McElligot’s Pool
- On Beyond Zebra
- The Cat’s Quizzer
- And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
The decision was made after consulting with several experts and teachers. The company that preserves the authors legacy had this to say on the matter:
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.
Those that are regular visitors to Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure will note that both If I Ran the Zoo and And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street feature heavily in the land. This has since landed a response from the team at Universal:
Seuss Landing continues to be very popular with our guests and we value our relationship with Seuss Enterprises. We’ve removed the books from our shelves as they have asked and we’ll be evaluating our in-park experience too. But our guests can plan on continuing to be able to enjoy their favorite experiences at Seuss Landing.
It looks like we might see some changes it the land at some point in the future. Don’t expect these to be too drastic, while it is true to say that Seuss Landing uses the books within the land, it doesn’t depict any form of racism that the books include.
Stay tuned for TPT for any changes to the land in the future.