Green Eggs and (Ken) Ham

Do you think of Dr. Seuss as a “fundamentalist” author?  Me neither.  But the fundamentalists want to claim him for their own.

Marvin Olasky of World Magazine offered recently a top-ten list of good children’s books.  Topping the list was Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches the Egg for its staunchly pro-life message.  The story, according to Olasky, presents Horton as a “pro-life hero.”

And that’s not all.  Olasky celebrates the conservative message of other leading mainstream children’s books as well.  William Steig’s Yellow & Pink tells more than just a cute story about puppets.  The two central characters wonder about their origins, with the evolution-y story of Yellow losing out to the creation-y story of Pink.

Where do we come from?

Where do we come from?

Dr. Seuss apparently didn’t like the pro-life associations of his Horton character.  But the creationism of William Steig is hard to miss in this book.

Makes me wonder—was Steig’s Shrek also some sort of creationist parable?


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  1. Horton is a pro-life hero for sitting on an egg? Let me tell you, as a kid that read “Horton Hatches the Egg” obsessively, there is no pro-life message. There was no discussion or implication of WHY the egg had to be cared for or what the end result would be other than the fact that sitting on the egg was something that had to be done. The story is about work ethic and nothing more.

    “Horton Hears a Who” is much more pro-life – “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

  2. Charles W. Colson cited Steig’s Yellow & Pink in more than one book to the same purpose. Steig, by the way, was a devotee of Wilhelm Reich and his ideas about “orgone,” which I don’t believe that Colson ever mentions.


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