And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street [NOOK Book]

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Illus. in full color. As little Marco describes the horse and wagon he saw on Mulberry Street, they are transformed into an elephant and a band wagon with a retinue of police. "A fresh, inspiring picture-story book with an appeal to the child's imagination."—Horn Book.

A boy imagines a series of incredible sights on his way home from school so that he will have an interesting report to give his father.

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Overview

Illus. in full color. As little Marco describes the horse and wagon he saw on Mulberry Street, they are transformed into an elephant and a band wagon with a retinue of police. "A fresh, inspiring picture-story book with an appeal to the child's imagination."—Horn Book.

A boy imagines a series of incredible sights on his way home from school so that he will have an interesting report to give his father.

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Dr. Seuss, pseudonym for Theodor Seuss Geisel, is world renowned for his inventiveness and wit. His stories are instantly recognizable by their use of fantastic words, clever rhymes, and unusual creatures--drawn in his distinctive style.
Ellen Lewis Beull
Highly orginal and entertaining, Dr. Seuss's picture book partakes of the better qualities of those perculiarly American institutions, the funny papers and the tall tale. It is a masterly interpretation of the mind of a child in the act of creating one of those stories with which children often amuse themselves and bolster up their self-respect. It is a book which will divert older readers as well as little children. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, November 1937
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"A fresh, inspiring picture-story book with an appeal to the child's imagination."—Horn Book.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385379311
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 230,273
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—is, quite simply, one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. The forty-four books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    A child's imagination and exaggeration

    On the way home from school, wishing to give a good report to his dad, a boy's imagination and exaggeration take over and report on things completely out of the ordinary. A wonderful book that is much like the way my own son tells tales of everyday events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    1st Dr. Seuss Book for Children -- Imaginative Directions!

    1st Dr. Seuss Book for Children -- Imaginative Directions!, January 11, 2001 Reviewer: Donald Wayne Mitchell (see more about me) from Boston When you first open this book, you will be struck that it's not quite like any other Dr. Seuss book. The first drawings are smaller and simpler. The poetry is a little more restrained. You'll wonder why it's different, and then you will realize that this was his very first book for children. Like most of us, he was a little restrained at first. But, before long, the full gamut of Dr. Seuss is loose! Marco is a small boy who walks to school along Mulberry Street. His father likes to encourage him. ''Marco, keep your eyelids up and see what you can see.'' Marco's father is looking for the eye of a scientist or a reporter. But Marco has the eye of a poet. So when Marco tells what he has imagined he has seen, his father sternly says, ''Your eyesight's much too keen. Stop telling such outlandish tales. Stop turning minnows into whales.'' The story then takes you through one day when Marco only sees a horse pulling a man on a broken-down wagon on Mulberry Street. But Marco soon imagines something much grander. If you change a horse for a zebra, that's better. Or you could change that zebra for a large reindeer. Or better yet, how about an elephant with a Rajah wearing rubies on a throne on top? And on it goes. When Marco gets home, he's elated. 'I ran up the steps and I felt simply GREAT!' The reason for his excitement is because 'I HAD A STORY THAT NO ONE COULD BEAT!' I think you'll agree. So what does he tell his father? You'll be amazed! I found that this book worked well at several levels. First, it captures the kind of miscommunication between parent and child that can set up barriers that exclude what could be much shared joy. Marco's father needs to learn to enjoy his son's imagination, as long as Marco isn't confused about what is real and what is imagination. Second, many people have trouble understanding how to be creative. Substitution of elements is a classic technique. Here, the structure of that process is elegantly displayed. First, you replace one element. Then you see if that helps you see a way to create a related replacement of another element. Then what does that suggest? And on it goes. Soon, there is no obvious link back to the beginning, but you have created something wonderful that would have been hard to do from a blank sheet of paper. Fiction writers, pay attention! Third, most children these days complain that they are bored all of the time if they don't have someone putting on a world class act for them. Here is a good role model for how they can create an exciting set of thoughts out of something very mundane. Wow! Is this needed, or what? To take advantage of this potential, I suggest that you and your child go out for a walk and play this imagination game together. Then, come back and make a book out of the experience that recounts how you went from one step to another. That's a wonderful way to ensure that your child's natural brilliance has a chance to develop even further, and she or he will realize that you want to enter into play with him or her. Wonderful bonding will result! Enjoy all of the potential of everyone and everything! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    For some reason, And To Think I Saw it On Mulberry Street is ver

    For some reason, And To Think I Saw it On Mulberry Street is very personal to me. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that my mother went to school with Ted Geisel and Mulberry Street was a street she was very familiar with. I brought the book home from the public library so many times, I could almost recite it from memory, but I enjoyed hearing my mother talk about her childhood whenever I brought it home. She passed away when I was in high school, but this book always brings memories of her to me and makes me smile. I also think I subconsciously named my first son Mark was so I could call him Marco (and I did).

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Best book ever!!!! I swear. If you are ever in a rather . . . da

    Best book ever!!!! I swear. If you are ever in a rather . . . damper or upsetting mood, this is the book to go to. Reading it aloud will make you smile at the rhymes, giggle at what young Marco's imagination conjures, and laugh at how silly it is that you are reading a children's book. Dr. Suess is a truly magical writer and I still very much enjoy reading his stuff.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    Although the first attempt from Dr. Seuss is quite extraordinary it doesn't quite have the same finesse as his The Cat in the Hat or The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Recommended

    This is a timeless treasure that encourages children to use their imagination. A good book to read with your children or grandchildren.

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