The Cat in the Hat was written as an alternative to the school primers that were the null in the 1950s.
Books like Dick and Jane delivered all the requisite material just without the imagination. If we simply judge the books by what’s covered, there is little difference. But there is more to great communication than just delivering content.
Still today The Cat in the Hat reads like magic. It’s a book my 3 year old loves and one I love to recite. I can’t say the same about Dick and Jane.
Beyond the school house, how much of our academic and professional world is like Dick and Jane? Are we still waiting for a Cat in the Hat?
I would love to hear your thoughts, this is a direction I’m hoping to explore.