And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Streetby Dr. Seuss
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.
- Random House Children's Books
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- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The 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.
- Date of Birth:
- March 2, 1904
- Date of Death:
- September 4, 1991
- Place of Birth:
- Springfield, Massachusetts
- Place of Death:
- La Jolla, California
- B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)
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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.
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
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).
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.
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.
This is a timeless treasure that encourages children to use their imagination. A good book to read with your children or grandchildren.