And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. SeussDr. Seusss first published childrens book was certainly groundbreaking for its time. It was, indeed, rejected 27 times before Seuss had a chance encounter with an friend-turned-editor whom he bumped into while walking in New York City one day (see, awesome things do happen on average streets every day!) The editor took a chance on the young author/illustrator and the rest, as they say, is history.
I dont remember reading it as a kid, whether because I was not exposed to it or it simply wasnt that memorable to me I dont know. Coming to it now, as an adult, I wasnt wowed though I certainly appreciate the importance of this work, Seusss creativity and the innovation at the time. It has aged well, too (if perhaps not quite so gracefully as some of his other works, IMO). But, the rhyme didnt seem to flow or to be as creative as some of his later works (I missed Seusss special brand of nonsense words). Similarly, the illustrations, while depicting Marcos wild imagination, are fairly prosaic compared to the creations of Seusss later works (Im thinking Sneetches and Lorax and Grinch, etc.) though one does get a taste of whats to come with the fanciful renderings of the elephants and giraffes. Perhaps I just know too much of what was in Seusss (and his adoring publics) future in order to really love Mulberry Street but Im glad I read it and would certainly share it with my son.
More about Seuss and Mulberry Street here: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/24/1454717...
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
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A young boy named Marco is accused of having an overactive imagination. Marco admits that during his walk along Mulberry Street, to and back from school, all he saw was a boring old horse and cart. Then he takes it even further and imagines a charioteer being pulled by the Zebra. So, Marco adds a blue elephant with a Rajah on its back! It gets more and more exciting and outlandish with the mayor in attendance and a ten-foot beard, and police officers, and confetti! Seuss was quoted in an interview in saying,. The swing and merriment of the pictures and the natural truthful simplicity of the untruthfulness.
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He meant the real Mulberry Street, the one that inspired the first of Dr. I started to think what I might see on Mulberry Street. Truffula trees? Gerald McGrew? Gertrude McFuzz?