Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the release of the story as an interactive app, available for Apple and Android devices (Oceanhouse Media; $2.99). The app features three ways for kids to enjoy the book:
- "Read to Me," where the story is narrated with words highlighted as children read.
- "Read it Myself," where children read the book in its traditional form.
- "Auto Play," where the story plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages.
The Story Goes
Kids can follow Marco's adventures as he walks to school along Mulberry Street keeping his eyes peeled for interesting sites to share with his dad. But all he sees is a boring old horse and wagon. "That's nothing to tell of, that won't do, of course". . . so Marco envisions much more exciting events, each more elaborate than the last. The horse and wagon turn into a zebra and charioteer, then to an elephant with a sleigh as Marco's imagination goes on a wild ride down Mulberry Street.
- The manuscript was rejected by 27 publishing houses for being too fantasy based and different.
- The rhymes were written to the rhythm of chugging engines on the M.S. Kungsholm while Dr. Seuss was on vacation.
- The original title of this book was “A Story That No One Can Beat.”