The Cat in the Hat returned to television over Labor Day to teach children the importance and fun in learning science.
In 1957 Theodor Geisel, or “Dr. Seuss,” created The Cat in the Hat to assist children with literacy, but today his legacy lives on with “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” to explore the natural science world.
Martin Short is the voice of The Cat who touches on subjects such as how bees make honey, how being slow helps a sloth and why birds migrate in winter.
The Cat in the Hat has been present in print every year since 1957 delighting and educating generations in fun rhyming stories and even made television appearances in a variety of cartoon specials.
After Geisel’s death in 1991 The Cat’s legacy lived on, but never starred in an animated series. Geisel’s widow, Audrey Geisel told The New York Times there have been a variety of proposals over the years, “but it never felt just right until now.”
Kate Klimo, vice president for Random house (who also worked alongside Geisel towards the end of his career), added, “He wanted to take the Cat and deploy him to teach kids science literacy.”
In 1998 the Learning Library series appeared with The Cat teaching Earth-oriented subject matter which influenced the children’s program.
The only difference between the show and books are the show is only in rhyme at the end of every lesson.
Check your local PBS listings for “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!”