And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

 
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"“I swung ’round the corner And dashed up through the gate I ran up the steps And felt simply GREAT!”"

Walking home from school one day, Marco hears the words his father tells him everyday, "Marco, keep your eyelids up/ And see what you can see."  It sounds like a promise of excitement and adventure.  He is headed home to his father and he wants to create a special story to tell him.  But as Marco looks around him, keeping his eyelids up, all he can see is a horse pulling a wagon on Mulberry Street.  Marco has his secret weapon with him....his imagination....so things won't stay dull for long.

First he imagines the horse  changing into a zebra.  Yep, a zebra.  Then, his imagination turns the zebra into a reindeer and then an elephant and ..... walking right down Mulberry Street.  The wagon changes into a chariot, then a sled and finally a cart with a brass band.

As his imagination really gets rolling, the scene expands and gets more and more exciting and filled with police escorts and an airplane dropping confetti, a man with a ten-foot beard....and more and more.  It's really fantastic.

Can he tell his father what he saw when his eyelids were up on Mulberry Street?

40 pages      978-0394844947       Ages 4-9

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

Editor's Note:  This is the first book Dr. Seuss ever published.

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Dr. Seuss’ first book is a delightful story about a boy with a big imagination. Marco knows his father will ask him what interesting things he saw on his way home from school, but the ordinary horse and wagon are not exactly exciting--so he imagines what this everyday sight could really be.

Contributed by B. Karp, Librarian, New York, USA

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2012 is the seventy-fifth anniversary for Dr. Seuss’s first book And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. In this tale told in rhyme by young Marco, his father encourages him to walk home from school with “your eyelids up/And see what you can see.”

Unfortunately, Marco and his father have different ideas as to keeping one’s eyelids up. One can only guess that the father is attempting to promote a son alert and observant of his surroundings in the world around him. Marco, by contrast, doesn’t believe that the factual, mundane details of his walk home are of sufficient interest without creative embellishment. So the wagon drawn by a horse progresses through the book to include (among other details), an elephant, a band, the mayor, and a ten-foot beard in need of a comb.

When at long last, Marco and his imaginative vision arrive home, the final details Marco relates to his father will surprise the reader.

Recommended by Kate Stehman, Librarian,Pennsylvania, USA

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