And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
First books have some separate kind of affiliation and attraction. And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry street is Dr. Seuss’ first-ever book. Published in 1937, this book passes through different critiques and then approved after disapproval almost 27 times.
While returning from the European vacation with his wife, Geisel wrote the main core of this book. During his travel in the ship, the ship’s engine’s rhythm inspired and captivated Seuss’s thoughts, and he got the idea of the book’s signature lines from that journey.
Almost 20 publishers completely rejected the story and didn’t agree to publish it. After this, the author went to his old classmate who was working as an editor at Vanguard Press. His friend agreed to publish his book and, after releasing this book, got high praise from critics. Although sales weren’t very high, but appreciation was worth it.
The author tells us a story about a boy, Marco, who lives in an imaginary world. He describes his fantasy dreams where he sees a parade of imaginary vehicles and people traveling along the road. The road runs through Mulberry Street and gives everything a dreamy look. While doing the walk with his father, he tells him this at the end of the walk.
However, as he reaches him, he thinks to tell his father what he actually sees- that was merely a wagon and simple horse.
Geisel’s hometown has some amazing streets; the name of this book is probably named from that.
Mulberry Street is one of the most interesting locations and is worth praising. Dr. Seuss’ uses his signature style text that is a combination of unmistakable illustrations and little imagination. Marco just tries to make his story more imaginative and interesting by adding these factors.
Not only did Marco discussed vehicles and people, but he also went a long way in his imagination.
In reality, the only thing Marco has seen during his walk is the horse pulling a wagon on Mulberry Street. He imagines and elaborates a more progressive scene, just to make the whole story a bit different. In the beginning, he first thought of the horse as a zebra, then he thinks reindeer, and then he imagined it to be an elephant. Finally, he explained it’s an elephant that two giraffes help. In the same way, the wagon first changes to a chariot, then he imagines it’s a sled, and then a cart.
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Marco thinks that Mulberry Street interacts with Bliss Street that took him to an imaginative group of police. An ordinary scene then becomes a parade filled with the mayor, a Chinese man, a magician, and a man with a long beard.
As he comes back home, he rushes back upstairs to tell his imaginative story to his father. While, when his father asked some questions, his face turned red, and he told him that he saw only a wagon and plain street on Mulberry Streets.
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