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

Aisling Mc Morrow

'OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!' is a book that can be interpreted in different ways by different people. Although Dr. Seuss is a children's author, I personally think that this book is more suited to older children and teenagers. The book conveys the problems and challenges that people face in life. The colorful illustrations are very interesting and there are geometrical landscapes on most of the pages. We are introduced to "The Waiting Place" in the book, where people are always waiting for something to happen. However, it never does. I believe that there is an underlying message here, that opportunities will not fall into your lap in life, one must get up and search for these, travel and see beautiful places. I think that the author is saying that nothing will come from waiting around in life. There are many blends of repetition, rhythm and rhyme throughout the book which would possibly assist children with the transition from primary to secondary English in a fun way. My favourite quote from the book is "Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98 3/4 % guaranteed)". This is an optimistic and exciting view on life and I will remember this quote whenever I face any difficulty or challenge in the future!


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!


This is a book for children ?? Wow , just wow ! i wonder if i grow up reading stories and books like this one ( not about beautiful princesses and knights in shining armor ) would i turned out to be a better adult ? more ready for real life ? maybe ...


Oh, the places you'll go! is important to me on so many levels.Books like these are the ones that keep you going even when the times are rough.


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.

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!


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!"

Sara Adel

simply : I liked it !!sometimes we really need to act as children , to think like kids with an extremely opened thought , a thought that has no "NO"s !I felt free while reading the book , free from limits , from people , and from myself too !because I know --> this will be true one day or maybe today :"You're off to Great Places!Today is your day!Your mountain is waiting,So... get on your way!”a lot of cheer ,colors , happiness can be seen here:"You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”the best I like about it is "the waiting place " thing :"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. "a lot of people are waiting for others to come , they freeze their times waiting !but NO ! the time is passing , and we are nothing but moments !"Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (983⁄4% guaranteed) "yes !!that's what I love about it ! by the way this % is the same as the % that opened the dream gates for me 3 years ago :) I will read it for my kids indeed :) :) :)


"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.

Elizabeth Roe

Grade/interest level: Range of grades (K-6th) Reading level: Lexile, AD600LGenre: Picture Book, Traditional Literature Main Characters: There is a small boy featuredSetting: One of Dr. Seuss' WorldsPOV: Dialogue between the narrator and the readerThis beloved Dr. Seuss story is about the journey that one takes in their life and also the obstacles they may face. The story begins with empowering statements letting the reader know that they are smart and the agent of their decisions. The narrator says that things will happen but it is no cause for worry as this is expected. Every few pages has the phrase, “Oh the places you’ll go!” The narrator also tells the reader that they will go to great places and wherever those places will be, they will be the best. However, the narrator also says sometimes we are not the best in what we do but this happens sometimes. The story continues by explaining that sometimes we will be lost and in a slump and sometimes will find ourselves in a “waiting place.” Although, this “waiting place” is not for us, the narrator says that we will escape and move on to better places. The book continues to give empowering statements of encouragement but also reminds the reader that one will not always succeed at everything but that this is normal. The book also says that we will be alone at times and that we will become confused in our problems and priorities of life. The book ends with telling the reader that they will go on to do great things and “move mountains.” Obviously, this story is told through the beautiful and poetic language of Dr. Seuss. This is a very popular book for very wonderful reasons. This book, in my opinion, could be used with any age. I think it is a wonderful story on life and life lessons. It is also a great book for students who are graduating or moving onto a new chapter in their life. I would like to use this book as a basis for discussion and possibly a writing prompt. I also think I would potentially use this book at the beginning or end of the school year, or even both to reflect on our accomplishments and struggles.

John Yelverton

The last and one of the best Dr. Seuss books that you will ever read.


Dr. Seuss is clearly the true essence of children’s books as he writes about life in a playful and lyrical way that children can easily understand. Well, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is definitely no exception as it is about believing in yourself as you go out into the world. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is easily a book that every child should read whenever he or she are in a slump!Basically, this book is about taking charge of your own life facing difficulties in your life such as loneliness, fear, and confusion, with a straight face and taking on life ahead of you in a lyrical prose that children will easily appreciate!Oh my goodness! There are so many things that I loved about this book that it would take me all day to list them! For one thing, Dr. Seuss’ writing is clearly more memorable in this book as he tells children who are on their way to facing life ahead of them on their own to have positive attitudes and face their fears head on! I just loved the way that Dr. Seuss showed the upside and downside attributes of life all in a lyrical prose as the writing was truly creative and inspirational. I never would have thought that I would find a book about the tough trials of life that is so well-written and whenever I read this book, I think about the hardships I had to endure during my life, but then I realize that life always has its ups and downs and only you can decide what to make of your life, which is what Dr. Seuss has shown in this book. Probably my favorite verse in this book was this line:“I’m afraid that some times,You’ll play lonely games too.Games you can’t win,‘cause you’ll play against you.”This was a truly powerful verse for me because it is saying that there will be times where you can succeed, but sometimes when you do not believe in yourself, you end up losing the game or not succeeding at all. Dr. Seuss’ illustrations are just as creative and surreal in this book as the main character is a young boy who wears a yellow jumpsuit and a yellow hat. The world that surrounds the boy is extremely surreal as the hills and the grounds are in multicolored stripes and the creatures that the boy meets along the way are also bizarre, especially of the image of the boy meeting a huge green monster that has black stripes on its body and short yellow bushy tail.All in all, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is easily one of Dr. Seuss’ best works ever created and it should be read to any child who graduates from school! I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


I happened across a blog entry on the dangers of The Waiting Place, which is described in this book. The blogger was free with his praise for this, the last work of Dr. Seuss, and I decided to check it out for myself.I read it once. I re-read it. I read it a third time. With each reading I fell more in love with this short piece of prose that can barely be called a children's book. It is written to children, but the experiences it describes are those of the whole of life.It begins adventurously, as many Dr. Seuss books do, but since the journey of the book is the journey of life, it is therefore filled with much deeper emotions: triumph, loneliness, and fear. Self-doubt, abandonment, personal slumps, and the waiting place are all subjects this book is not too scared to tackle.Read this book to your three year old, and they may enjoy the rhymes and the pictures, but you will enjoy remembering the feeling of possibility presented to all children, seasoned by your experience as an adult.


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.

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.

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