And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

Annie, Jenese , and Leidy
Interest Level: K-2
Guided Reading: K
Book Type: Beginning Reader Book
Comedy and Humor
Rhyming Story
 “And To Think That I saw It on Mulberry Street”
is a book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.
 Published on Dec.21,1937.
 First children's book he wrote.
 Was rejected by about 27 or 28 publishers, but
eventually published by Vanguard Press.
 Originally titled “A Story That No One Can Beat”.
 “Mulberry Street” is an actual street in
Springfield, Massachusetts, not far from where
Dr. Seuss grew up on Fairfield Street.
 Dr. Seuss wrote the story as a commentary about
how he felt adults destroy and deform children’s
 The Book was Awarded in 1988 by the
Association for Childhood International Books for
Children Literature.
This book reflects the type of miscommunication that can
develop between a parent and a child. This can create barriers
that can keep a child from expressing themselves to their
parents. Marco’s father needed to learn to allow his son to use
his imagination, all the while helping Marco differentiate
between what is real and what he makes up.
Both adult and children alike will love Marco’s
imagination and will want to keep turning the page to
see what he comes up with next. Since teachers and
parents are often complaining that children are lacking
creativity skills more so now because of video games and
TV, “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street”
is an excellent book to help encourage children to use
their imagination.
In some older versions of “And to
Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street”
Seuss used the word “chinaman”, but
now he uses “Chinese man”.
Other Facts…
• Dr. Seuss wrote the book to distract himself from the sound of
the motor from a boat he had just came off from on a European
Cruise. Hence the rhyming sequence falls in time to the engines
• Vanguard Press was common for publishing radical topics such as,
Studies of the Soviet Union, socialist theories and politically
orientated theories. They later when sold became known as
Random House, who published all of Seuss other books.
• The book inspired the song “Looking out my back door” by
Credence Clearwater Revival .

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