The Shoal La Jolla Beach Is 3 Miles West from Dr. Seuss’s Home
La Jolla was home for over 40 years to our beloved Theodor Geisel. You may dearly remember him as Dr. Seuss, one of the most distinguished children’s book authors of all times. In 1948 Theodor and his wife, Audrey Geisel, moved to La Jolla and bought what became Dr. Seuss’s office, an observatory tower high on top of Mount Soledad. La Jolla Inspired Dr. Seuss.
Many of his most cherished stories are inspired by the picturesque view of the La Jolla coastline and the famous Monterey Cypress trees in Ellen Browning Scripps Park. During his life in La Jolla overlooking the beautiful scenery Dr. Seuss wrote 48 of his books including the titles such as “Horton Hears a Who!,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
The “Truffula Tree” A.K.A the “Lorax Tree”
Dr. Seuss would always say that his favorite book from all of the books he had written was The Lorax. Dr. Seuss was not very delighted by all the billboards, condos, and everything else that destroyed his tranquil neighborhood in La Jolla. Being a big influencer, he decided to write about it. Written at the age of 67 the story of The Lorax was published in 1971. The story talks about an ambitious Once-ler who had a successful business not caring for the Truffula trees and the creatures who depended on them.
Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla is the place to see the famous Monterey Cypress trees that inspired Dr. Seuss to write a story about letting the trees grow. The one specifically which was said to inspire Dr. Seuss to create The Truffula Trees recently collapsed in June 2019. These unique trees are formed by the wind and are found only along the California coast.
In Dr. Seuss’s illustration style, you can see the resemblance to La Jolla and the trees in The Lorax resemble the real tree quite closely. Dr. Seuss wrote a story that will be cherished by children for generations. It was made into a movie in 2012. The well-known Lorax saying will outlive the tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park that would inspire the story:
I speak for the trees
- The Lorax
One Fish, Two Fish…
Dr Seuss’s inspiration did not limit him to the beautiful views of La Jolla town. His inspiration also came from the mesmerizing underwater world of La Jolla. In the book “The Cat in the Hat,” which was published in 1957, Dr. Seuss gives the spotlight to an odd-looking grumpy-personality, annoyed with the bright orange fish. In the TV Show, he is known as Mr.Krinklebein, but in all of his books, he is called “The Fish,” who was prominently trying to restore peace in his home. La Jolla Inspired Dr. Seuss.
“The Fish” illustration is shown in other stories and in almost every other Dr. Seuss’s book. It is always playing similar roles: an extremely frightful creature, that will frown upon any wrongdoing. Curious enough the beloved California state fish The Garibaldi is a beautiful bright orange fish. The Garibaldi is an aggressive protector of their natural territory. Does it remind you of someone?
La Jolla has been a place to inspire many others just like Dr. Seuss so, come to La Jolla and unleash your creativity. You don’t have to stay 40 years, but at The Shoal La Jolla Beach hotel, we will love to host you and your family for a well-deserved vacation. Make The Shoal La Jolla Beach your home base while you are on the most inspiring quest around the beautiful coastline of La Jolla.
When you plan to visit Whoville… sorry… La Jolla, consider staying at The Shoal La Jolla Beach Hotel, 3 miles West from the Grinch’s home on Mount Crumpit… sorry… Dr. Seuss’s home on Mount Soledad.
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