Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

ISBN: 0679805273
ISBN 13: 9780679805274
By: Dr. Seuss

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In this joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school, and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss's books favorites for years.

Reader's Thoughts

Kathy

I just had to add this book because it is seriously one of my favorite children's books ever, if not the favorite! Children's books should be fun to read out loud, and this is so much fun to read! The kids sometimes want to read it and I have a hard time giving up reading privileges on this one because I love to read it so much. The message is so great, too. There have been a couple of times when I have quoted parts of it in pep talks to the kids. Josh (10) has heard this one a number of times.I'm sorry to say sobut, sadly, it's truethat Bang-upsand Hang-upscan happen to you.You can get all hung upin a prickle-y perch.And your gang will fly on.You'll be left in a Lurch.You'll come down from the Lurchwith an unpleasant bump.And the chances are, then,that you'll be in a Slump.And when you're in a Slump,you're not in for much fun.Un-slumping yourselfis not easily done.(and then a little later . . .)But on you will gothough the weather be foul.On you will gothough your enemies prowl.On you will gothough the Hakken-Kraks howl.Onward up manya frightening creek,though your arms may get soreand your sneakers may leak.On and on you will hike.And I know you'll hike farand face up to your problemswhatever they are.It's a great message for children and a great message even for us grown-ups. And it's fun! I'd quote the whole book, but just go read it!

Philip

I have always loved this book. I just read it to my daughters this morning. El is sitting here with me while I'm typing this, she's playing with a stack of CDs and asking me to sing "Away in the Manger" fast.Let me ask her what she thought of the book.Me: "El, what'd you think about the book "Oh the Places You'll Go" that I read this morning? Did you like it?El: "I did. I liked the way you read it."Me: "What do you mean?"El: "The Ellie and Gwennie way."... Ok, I just got it. When I read it and described the pictures, I told them it was about 2 girls (Ellie and Gwennie) rather than a boy.I just asked Ellie if there was anything else I should say.El: "You should say you read the princess book too."Ok... In case you don't know, goodreads has this competition - or whatever where I'm supposed to read 86 books this year. Well, my wife views my lackluster ending of reading a dozen kids books as cheating, but she says it's good for the kids. It is good for the kids.I do love this book.My favorite parts are the two sections that read:"Except when you don't.Because sometimes you won'tI love it. So realistic, yet optimistic. Ellie really wants me to write about the princess book now, so we're going to go do that.

Michael

"Mais Oui, Les Endroits Que Vous Aller!" is an express endorsement of multiculturalism by one of the 20th Century's greatest minds. The idea of a home state is destroyed early in the work as the protagonist (you, the reader in the rare 2nd-person narration) leaves behind the closed-mindedness of your native land for the freedom of the surrounding countryside. The experience will provide the now-open-minded reader transcendence amongst the world's culture. However Geisel also forewarns about the difficulties which the reader will surely face when unslumping their ethnocentrism including the loneliness of being without a country and without a home. Ultimately Seuss stresses multiculturalism is not a negation of ones own perspective in favor of cultural tourism instead declaring it a balancing act between the Self and the Other.

Jocelin

My favorite part...You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place... ...for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting. NO! That's not for you! Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying. You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.

Maya Rock

Ugh, Ms. Louizeaux (apparently her big lesson on how to spell her name has totally gone out the window) read this to us in 5th grade. 5th grade, people, we were way too old to have this read to us. This really reminds me of how weird it was to have adults constantly teaching/showing us stuff they thought kids should be interested in, and constantly feeling like I had to pretend I was interested in them even though I felt far more advanced or just like more concerned about my sticker collection.I just think telling people they'll go so many places now that they've officially grown up or are getting older or whatever--it's like who cares. It's really only important to people looking back. There should be a book for them, "Oh the Places You've Gone." Oh wait, I hear from a million people a week who've written this book.Ok now I've read a bunch of cheery reviews and I feel guilty. This is why doing children's books esp picture books is something I should stay away from, the judgment is not really about the book as much as what it meant to me at a particular place or time.

Shiv

What am I, a 26 year old man, doing reading kids stories? Well for one it's Dr. Seuss and they're awesome for all ages with their recognisable brand of moral-message, surreal scenarios, and catchy rhymes. And for two I never had any as a kid and I sincerely regret that, especially in the case of this particular story.On the surface Oh, The Places You'll Go is a fun, easy to read childrens story about going places. It may not be the best in the range for it's rhymes, but it's still pretty darn good. What really gets me though is that it lays out a philosophy for life: making your own decisions in life, choosing your own path, and dealing with the setbacks and depressions as they come - accepting them as an inevitable part of the journey but steeling yourself to soldier on to new happy times.If (God forbid) I ever have children of my own, you can garuntee I will be reading them this story regularly!

مصطفي سليمان

…for people just waiting.Waiting for a train to goor a bus to come, or a plane to goor the mail to come, or the rain to goor the phone to ring, or the snow to snowor waiting around for a Yes or a Noor waiting for their hair to grow.Everyone is just waiting.Waiting for the fish to biteor waiting for wind to fly a kiteor waiting around for Friday nightor waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jakeor a pot to boil, or a Better Breakor a string of pearls, or a pair of pantsor a wig with curls, or Another Chance.Everyone is just waiting.”“You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfAny direction you choose.You’re on your own. Andyou know what you know.And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”“You’ll get mixed up,of course, as youalready know.You’ll get mixed upwith many strange birdsas you go.So be sure when you step.Step with care and greattact and remember that……Life’s A GreatBalancing Act.”“And will you succeed?Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)KID, YOU’LL MOVEMOUNTAINS!”

Eli

This book is so sweet. I've never read children's book in my life ... I started reading with Harry Potter books, so I don't have experience in these kind of books ... but this was great! Beautiful and inspiring.

Anne

This is my All-Time-Number-One-Favorite children's book.Period.I've read it to my kids so many times over the years that you'd think I'd be immune to it by now.But I'm not.I still get all EMOTIONAL when I read it. Which, normally, would make me run in the opposite direction.But.OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!Yo'll be on your way up!You'll be seeing great sights!You'll join the high flierswho soar to great heights.Yep. That's exactly what I want for my young'uns!Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.Except when you don't.Because, sometimes, you won't.Noooo! Now they're stuck in a LURCH!Which is pretty frickin' scary for a parent! Nobody wants their babies to get stuck in a LURCH, because those inevitably lead to SLUMPS!And un-slumping yourself is not easily done.It takes a while to un-slump, and in the meantime they could end up in The Waiting Place.Waiting for the fish to biteor waiting for wind to fly a kiteor waiting around for Friday nightor waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jakeor a pot to boil, or a Better Breakor a string of pearls, or a pair of pantsor a wig with curls, or Another Chance.Everyone is just waiting.Thankfully, (according to Seuss) they'll somehow escape the Waiting Place.Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.Yes! They'll be ok!Except when they don't.Because, sometimes, they won't.I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too.Games you can't win'cause you'll play against you.All alone!Whether you like it or not,Alone will be somethingyou'll be quite a lot.At this point, I'm usually bleary-eyed, in case you were curious.And exactly what is this guy a Dr. of, anyway?!He's certainly not Dr. Feelgood!But on you will gothough the weather be foul.On you will go though your enemies prowl.On you will go though the Hakken-Krak howl.Onward up manya frightening creek,though your arms may get soreand your sneakers may leak.Holy Shit! What if I'm not there to help them through all of this!? They've got sore arms and leaky sneakers, for God's sake!Mommy's coming, sweetheart!You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step.Step with care and great tactand remember that Life'sa Great Balancing ActI'm slinging snot everywhere by the time I get to this part. Seriously, Seuss? You're killing me!And will you succeed?Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!I'm usually nothing more a puddle of sniveling Mom-goo, as my voice cracks on the last line. And whatever unfortunate kid I happen to be reading to is simultaneously trying to comfort me, while also trying to escape my vice-like grip. "I, um, love you too, Mom. *oof!* Mom, seriously, I'll be fine.*cough* Mom, you can let go now.*wheeze*Mom...you're choking me.*gurgle*Yes. Yes! I swear, I'll call you every day when I get older!"

Ashley

I was given this book on my high school graduation day by my mom. I cannot think of a better book for children, people graduating ANYTHING, people who are opening a chapter in their life, or even those who may have just closed one. I still look back to this book when I need a a fresh pair of eyes in which to view the world.

Thomas

You're accustomed to Seuss and you know of his fame,So you'll cheer when you hear this is more of the same:It's empty of politics, violence, and sex,And features some creatures with curves in their necks,Where dactylic metre is put to good use.What more can I say? It's another great Seuss.

Tatiana

While subbing this afternoon, I had the privilege of reading Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss to the smart 2nd grade class. They've read it before; it's one of their favorites. The narrative offers inspiring rhymes on graduating into real life and the struggles and triumphs that await you there. The simple yet profound, and beautifully written, message applied both to myself and my audience, as we are facing changes, albeit different ones, this coming fall. We read the final lines together: "You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!"

Don Witscher

Some thoughts for JAMS 8th graders from Dr. Seuss:Congratulations!Today is your day,You're off to Great Places!You're off and away!You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.You're on your own. And you know what you know.And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."With your head full of brains, and your shoes full of feet,you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.And you may not find anyyou'll want to go down.In that case, of course,you'll head straight out of town.It's opener therein the wide open air.Out there things can happenand frequently doto people as brainyand footsy as you.And when things start to happen,don't worry. Don't stew.Just go right along.You'll start happening too.OH!THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!You'll be on your way up!You'll be seeing great sites!You'll join the high fliers!who soar to high heights.You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.Except when you don't.Because, sometimes, you won't.I'm sorry to says sobut, sadly, it's truethat Bang-upsand Hang-upscan happen to youYou can get all hung upin a prickle-ly perch.And your gang will fly on.You'll be left in a Lurch.You'll come down from the Lunchwuth an unpleasant bump.And the chances are, then,that you'll be in a Slump.And when you're in a Slump,you're not in for much fun.Un-slumping yourselfis not easily done.You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're dark.A place that could sprain both elbow and chin!Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?How much can you lose? How much can you win?And IF you should go in,should you turn left or right...or right-and-three-quaters? Or maybe not quite?Or go around and back and sneak from behind?Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.You can get so confusedthat you'll start in to racedown long and wiggled roads at a break-necking paceand grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,headed, I fear, toward a most usless placeThe Waiting Place......for people just waiting.Waiting for a train to goor a bus to come, or a plane to goor the mail to come, or the rain to goor the phone to ring, or the snow to snowor waiting around for a Yes or a Noor waiting for their hair to grow.Everyone is just waiting.Waiting for the fish to biteor waiting for wind to fly a kiteor waiting around for Friday nightor waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jakeor a pot to boil, or a Better Breakor a string of pearls, or a pair of pantsor a wig with curls, or Another Chance.Everyone is just waiting.NO!That's not for you!Somehow you'll escapeall that waiting and staying.You'll find the bright placeswhere boom bands are playing.Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.And the magical things you can do with that ballwill make you the winning-est winner of all.Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.Except when they don't.Because, sometimes, they won't.I'm afraid that some timesyou'll play lonely games too.Games you can't win'cause you'll play against you.All Alone!Whether you like it or not.Alone will be somethingyou'll be quite a lot.And when you're alone, theres a very good chanceyou'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.There are some, down the road between hither and yon,that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.But on you will gothough the whether be foul.On you will gothough your enemies prowl.On you will gothough the Hakken-Kraks howl.Onward up manya frightening creek,though you arms may get soreand your sneakers may leak.On and on you will hike.And I know you'll hike farand face up to your problemswhatever they are.You'll get mixed up of course,as you already know.You'll get mixed upwith many stray birds as you go.So be sure when you step.Step with care and great tactand remember that Life'sa Great Balancing Act.Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.And never mix up your right foot with you left.And will you succeed?Yes! You will indeed!(98 and 3/4 percent garanteed!)KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!So...be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O'Sheayou're off to Great Places!Today is your day!Your mountain is waiting.So... get on your way!

Courtney

"You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.You'll get mixed upwith many strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step.Step with care and great tactand remember that Life'sa Great Balancing Act.Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.And NEVER mix up your right foot with your left."Dr. Seuss makes me want to tackle my wildest dreams while I'm reading this book. (Well, maybe not WHILE, because then how could I finish it?!) As you read this story, you are taken on an adventurous and impossible journey through unmarked streets, skies, and "The Waiting Place"-where everyone is just waiting. (This is one of my favorite pages.) I have an optimistic attitude thanks to this book. I love how he also says that everyone goes through slumps. But "on you will go", he says. Kids love this book, and I don't think Dr. Suess books are going out of style anytime soon. Anyone and everyone needs to read this book, even if just for a happiness boost."So...be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,you're off to Great Places!Today is your day!Your mountain is waiting.So... get on your way!"<3

Barbara

I discovered this book in the waiting room at my son's orthodontist appointment. I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer at the time. The book profoundly spoke to me. It was a burning bush moment, an epiphany of inspiration. People think of this book as "send-off" for graduation, but I highly recommend it to anyone who is suffering. This book is very close to my heart.

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