Geisel's wildly popular Horton character first appeared in a Seuss book in 1940. However, Geisel had been painting and drawing the beloved elephant since his early days at Dartmouth College in the 1920s. In , the second Horton book, Dr. Seuss pairs the elephant with a village of speck-sized Whos. These new friends impart a simple yet powerful message, "A person's a person, no matter how small."
Beloved, American, children’s book author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904 -1991), better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, created imaginative characters and rhymes that encouraged reading. Initially working as a political cartoonist and advertising illustrator, Geisel accepted a contract to illustrate a children's book enabling his transition into juvenile literature. He persisted after his first book was repeatedly rejected, eventually becoming a best-selling, award-winning children’s author. His boldly inked, whimsical figures and verse transformed the predictable, pastel, moralistic world of children’s publishing. Geisel’s inspirational work has been adapted for television, theater and film.