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And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

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Published: December 21st, 1937 by Vanguard Press, Inc., New York
Author: Ted Geisel
Illustrator: Ted Geisel
Characters: Marco, Dad, Sergeant Mulvaney, the Mayor, the Alderman
Setting: Mulberry Street
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, originally titled A Story That No One Can Beat, is the first book by Dr. Seuss, published in 1937 by chance, after Seuss nearly burned the manuscript in defeat following an alleged 27 publishing house rejections, but happened to run into an editor friend, Mike McClintock. It centers on themes of childhood imagination and how whimsical behavior is stifled by adult society, following protagonist Marco as he concocts an elaborate scene out of a horse-drawn cart so he will have something to tell Dad when he gets home from school.

Oceanhouse Media published this book to be used as an app on Iphones, Ipod touch, Ipad and android apps.

Dad, at the beginning of the story:

Stop telling such outlandish tales.

Stop turning minnows into whales.


Marco McC.

(Main article: Marco)

The narrator of the book, a young boy who encounters a horse and cart on the way home from school. He has a history of run-ins with Dad for telling wild stories. He is particularly upset by this conflict, and it takes the duration of the story for his dynamic change to shape him into a more honest and humble individual.


Marco's stern father. He's very suspicious and finds his son's eyesight "too keen," claiming he should see the world as it really is, and not what he dreams it to be.

Sergeant Mulvaney

The lead policeman whom Marco imagines leading the elephant-drawn brass band with his squadron to avoid oncoming traffic from the perpendicular Bliss Street.

The Mayor and Alderman

Two important town leaders and spectators of the parade Marco dreams up, said to be waving red, white, and blue patriotic flags. Allegedly the mayor is a facsimile of Fordis C. Parker, the 38th mayor of Geisel's hometown, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Jack, Fred, Joe, Nat, and Jane

Marco's peers. They are mentioned in passing, and it can be assumed that the protagonist thinks of them as intellectually inferior.

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Publication history

The book was first published in 1937 by Vanguard Press, unlike later Seuss books, which were published by Random House.


  • The book's rhyme scheme was written with the chugging of a boat in mind, while Seuss was on vacation.


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