Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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

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About this book

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

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!

Halah

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 ...

Charlotte Burge

I loved this book as a child and as an adult it seems to have taken on a deeper, more meaningful tone. I seem to get emotional when reading it and will still, even now, flip through the pages to find quotes that perk me up when the future seems uncertain or difficult. Dr Seuss has tapped into the joy and excitement in the myriad of possibilities in a child's future. He talks you through all the different possibilities of life presenting it as one big literal adventure and the illustrations help to create an idea of life as a psychedelic maze with literal obstacles in the way! It seems to present a small life lesson to children, that sometimes you won't be the best or sometimes you will be lonely, but you can choose all these different paths for yourself. It is positive as a whole and is a definite self-esteem builder. I remember as a child thinking that the illustrations in my copy were wonderful and the rhythmic, flowing nature of the prose was very soothing before I went to sleep. I went to sleep with a smile and a mind full of thoughts about what I wanted to do 'when I was older'.This book is perfect for PSHE lessons for both KS1 and lower KS2. You can talk through the theme of choices and overcoming problems. You can then play a circle game after where they discuss what they would like to do for a living when they grow up or perhaps discuss any time they have been lonely along with what they did to overcome that. Ultimately, I look forward to the day when I can read this to other children and hopefully this book will make them feel as good as it made and still makes me feel.

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!

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

Michelle Doerr

This is definitely my favorite Dr. Seuss book! "Oh the Places you’ll Go!" is fun and inspiring for people of all ages. I characterize this as a poetry book for all readers. The celebration of graduations throughout the story are real situations that we all encounter in life. Dr. Seuss has a great way of telling you to push through hard times to enjoy others. I received this book as a gift for graduating high school and I have read it countless times since then because it always reminds me that life goes up and down and that I have to keep striving on. As always, the illustrations in this Dr. Seuss book are silly yet full of detail and very appealing to young children. Although the words in this book may be too hard for young readers to comprehend, the pictures help to explain. To instruct young children you could work on vocabulary words so that they understand the story better. You can also instruct children about poetry, as Dr. Seuss is one of the best, in my opinion, at writing fun poetic stories for kids.

midnightfaerie

Definitely high on the list of Dr. Seuss books, it's one of our favorites, and we'll usually choose it over the Cat in the Hat every time. My 3 yr old twins love the bright colors, and my 5 yr old loves listening about all the things you can do and places you can go. I, myself, very much enjoy the underlying lesson of life sometime's being filled with hard knock's but overcoming them can be your greatest strength. A must have for any Seuss fan.

John Yelverton

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

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.

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!

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!"

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!

Janitag

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.

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.

Tanja Berg

I loved Dr. Seuss as a kid - or at least "the Cat in the Hat" which was one of the few I owned. So lately I got three of the ones I've never read for myself as inspiration. "Oh, the places you'll go" is a fun, brilliantly illustrated book on how life doesn't always go your way. "There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won't want to go on". No kidding! The books come to conclusion that despite losing the way everynow and then, as long as you keep going "you're 98 3/4 percent guaranteed" to succeed. I sure hope so! ;)

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