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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Remembering Dr. Seuss on His Birthday



One hundred and twelve years ago, #DrSeuss was born on this day of March the second. 
I have appreciated many of his writings as well as his illustrations, and I have written about his work on here on Blogger as well as tumblrBut its  #DrSeuss's perseverance with his first book, "And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street," 


that keeps me going, as I try and promote — as well as sell —  the book I wrote with Cam, Words In Our Beak Volume One.

Mulberry Street is an actual street in Springfield Massachusetts where Seuss was born. And its street signs are not the ones featured in images below. Those pictures are of various street signs on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, and they have nothing to do with the setting for Seuss's story.




As a matter of fact, the original inspiration for "And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street," did not come from the street where he grew up. For as Seuss explained, “In the fall of 1936, while aboard the S.S. Kungsholm on a long rainy crossing of the Atlantic, I amused myself by putting words to the rhythm of the ship’s engines."*

Evidently, Seuss "started out by putting the words of 'The Night Before Christmas' to the same rhythm:

(1) Twas the night (2) before Christ (3)mas, when all (4) through the house

(1) And to think (2) that I saw (3) it on Mul (4) berry Street

"The original title (for "And To Think That I saw It On Mulberry Street") was actually 'A Story That No One Can Beat.' The summary on the back cover states 'How a plain horse and wagon on Mulberry Street, Grows into a story that no one can beat…' The change in title came when he finally found a publisher that was interested. Actually a publisher sort of found him."*

And the way Dr. Seuss finally found a publisher, is what I hinted at early on in this Fb entry, when I stated that his perseverance is what keeps me continuing on my mission with Words In Our Beak.

Here's the story of Dr. Seuss's finding a publisher (and I hope it also gives inspiration to @NancyMancini, author of "Gutsy Broads").

"After being rejected by 27 publishers Seuss was walking down a busy street in New York when he ran into an old Dartmouth classmate, Mike McClintock. McClintock had recently become a juvenile publisher at Vanguard Publishing. Seuss showed him the book and from there it was passed up to the President. The only thing that Seuss was asked to change was the title."

*My source for the all quoted information is from SeussblogAnd with that dear reader, I'll leave you Seussblog's favorite Dr. Seuss quotation:

I swung ’round the corner

And dashed up through the gate

I ran up the steps

And felt simply GREAT!”

I have to walk up 70 steps to get to my apartment and I don't think I've ever "dashed up the stairs and simply felt great," but if "Words In Our Beak," becomes a hit, I might try running up the stairs — a bit!


ADDENDUM FALL 2018: 

The digital versions of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.


Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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