And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

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A colorful flight of fancy for kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Everyone is Caucasian except an Indian rajah and a stereotyped "Chinese man who eats with sticks."

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the colorful and lively pictures, bouncy rhyming text, and speedily escalating fantasy will keep children fascinated. Especially appealing to those who, like Marco, love to embroider the truth.

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What's the story?

Young Marco weaves a tall tale about a Roman charioteer, an elephant, a zebra, and a menagerie parading down the title thoroughfare in this, the first of Dr. Seuss's many classics. The simple story is an indictment of stern, soul-crushing adults who stifle creativity, but it stands on its own two hooves as a colorful flight of fancy for kids.

Is it any good?


Dr. Seuss's illustrations are as colorful, energetic, and fanciful as his writing: In one illustration, a blue elephant pulls a sled so fast that it and its passengers sail through the air.As with many of Dr. Seuss's other zany stories, this one rests on a foundation of indignation -- in this case, against sober-minded grown-ups who frown on children's delightful imaginations. One six-year-old, who also loves telling tall tales, requested this book again and again, but Marco fans may feel sad when the boy is too intimidated by his austere dad to tell his Mulberry Street tale.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Marco's wild imagination. What do you think of the stories Marco makes up? Do the illustrations in the book make the stories even more fun to read?

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:December 21, 1937
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 November 18, 2010

Not the greatest Dr. Seuss book

I like most Dr. Seuss books, but this one was okay. For a Dr. Seuss book, it was kinda boring
Kid, 1 years old March 9, 2009
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
This book was a little confusing to me. Either that or I wasn't paying attention.


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