Clarence Page: Still a use for Dr. Seuss | Columnists

“First it was Mr. Potato Head,” said Republican leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy of California. “Now it’s Dr. Seuss. What do you think who they come after next? “

I don’t know, but with die-hard conservatives in the open market who also made false accusations that Disney “canceled” streaming “The Muppet Show” when it only issued warnings of “negative portrayals or abuse of people or cultures” Everything is possible in 17 episodes.

Still, I have to say that I was one of those who was inspired by Dr. Seuss were disappointed. To my chagrin, I found that the six books on the discontinuation, “And Thinking I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” which was first published in 1937, are, in my vivid memory, my first favorite book.

Ah, don’t say it, I thought. I was just a first grader when I discovered the book on the shelves of the second grade of our school library. I was instantly amazed by his amusing artwork, the appeal of the mysterious “It” in its title, and the way the book’s narrative captures the sense of mystery, curiosity, and imagination that later became an attraction for journalism .

The story follows Marco, a little boy on his way home, who, page by page, comes up with an increasingly detailed account of the people and vehicles he supposedly sees on his way home. He wants a compelling story to tell his father when he gets home. However – spoiler alert! – When he gets home, he decides instead to tell his father what he actually saw: a simple everyday horse and cart.

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