Book Review: And To Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This is the first of Dr. Seuss’s books for children, and it is a good introduction to the imaginative creativity which opened his career as an enormously popular children’s writer.  In this story a young boy walking home from school, and on seeing a simple horse and cart, embellishes it in his mind by first changing the animal, then the conveyance, then adds passengers, and so on, until the horse and cart are transformed into a veritable parade.  This is a quite enjoyable flight of imagination.

Unfortunately, the story opens with the boy’s father admonishing him against lying, and when he arrives home his father’s quelling response keeps the boy from sharing his story. Young children do know the difference between truth and fiction, so the conflict between the boy and his father is troubling.  Either the character in the book is actually given to deception, or his father is suppressive of his imagination.  Both interpretations would suggest potentially serious problems in a real father-son relationship because they evince a lack of trust.  The tall tale is wonderful, but the dynamic between father and son isn’t one I want to have emulated in our family.

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Publication Information: Seuss, Dr.. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street!. . 1937. ISBN: 0394844947.
Categories: 2 Stars, Age 04-08,, Read-Aloud Handbook
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Posted on May 28, 2009

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