Title: And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
Author: Dr. Seuss
Genre: Children's / Fantasy
Year Published: 1937
Year Read: 2019
Publisher: Vanguard Press, Inc.
Content Rating: Ages 5+ (One Offensive Image)
Buy on: Amazon // Book Depository
I have been reading Dr. Seuss’s works ever since I was a child (it is pretty much a requirement as a child to read a Dr. Seuss book). So of course, I still have not read all of Dr. Seuss’s works and one of the books that I had owned ever since I was little, but I never really read was “And to Think that I Saw it On Mulberry Street!” I only picked up this book after all of these years when some of my Goodreads friends had recommended it to me and I must say that it was quite a decent beginning for Dr. Seuss’s early works.
The story starts off with Marco’s father telling Marco to keep his eyelids up and see the things he can see on the street. So, when Marco walked down Mulberry Street, he noticed a horse pulling a broken-down wagon down the street. Marco thought that this sight was too boring and he started to imagine seeing more lavish decorations to the horse and wagon such as imagining it as a chariot being pulled by a reindeer or a sleigh being pulled by a large blue elephant with a Rajah riding on the elephant.
I have been reading many of Dr. Seuss’s works ever since I was a child and this book just happened to pass under the radar for me at the time. It is amazing in seeing how Dr. Seuss’s earlier works differs heavily from his later works (for one thing, Dr. Seuss’s earlier works are a lot wordier than his later works). So, of course I was a bit curious about seeing how this early work of Dr. Seuss’s would turn out and I ended up being quite interested in the subtle yet creative storytelling of this book! Dr. Seuss had done a great job at writing this story as the story explores how far Marco’s imagination can go and teaches the reader about the beauty of having a vivid imagination. I loved the scenes of Marco using his imagination to make the sight of Mulberry Street much more interesting as it made the scenes much more entertaining to look at. I especially loved the scenes of Marco imagining a musical band being pulled by a blue elephant as it was such a creative sight to see!
The reason why I took off half a point from the rating was because while the story was quite creative, I do not think that this book was as memorable as some of Dr. Seuss’s later works. For one thing, the writing is much lengthier than most of Dr. Seuss’s works and that can make this book a bit of chore to read through. Also, this book does not have Dr. Seuss’s signature odd creatures that usually appear in his books (with the exception of the blue elephant). There is also a controversial image in this book of a Chinese boy being shown as an offensive stereotype of Asians that might offend some people (although this book was written during the 1930s).
Overall, “And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street” is a great introduction to Dr. Seuss’s earlier works and would be a great read for children who are huge fans of Dr. Seuss’s works! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the portrayal of the Chinese boy might offend some people.
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