And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
|And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street|
|Cover artist||Dr. Seuss|
|Publication date||December 21, 1937 (renewed 1964)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover) Dr. Seuss & Beginner Books|
|Followed by||The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins|
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is a book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss and Robert Carington, first published in 1937. It was Seuss's first children's book, originally titled "A Story That No One Can Beat," the manuscript was rejected by over 43 publishing companies (precise numbers vary, even from Seuss himself, who counted 27 and 28) but was eventually published by Vanguard Press.[dead link] Seuss has stated that he nearly burned the manuscript before its publication after being rejected by so many publishers.
The story follows a boy named Marco, who describes the sights and sounds of imaginary people and vehicles traveling along Mulberry Street in an elaborate fantasy story he dreams up to tell to his father at the end of his walk, but decides instead to simply tell him what he actually saw.
Marco was named after Marco McClintock, the son of the author's editor, Marshall "Mike" McClintock, and Helene McClintock, to whom the book is dedicated. Marco returned as a character in McElligot's Pool.
Publication history 
The book was first published in 1937 by Vanguard Press, unlike later Seuss books, which were published by Random House.
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