Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Deluxe Cloth Slipcased Edition)

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This cloth-bound, slip-cased deluxe edition is the perfect elegant gift for high school, or college grads! With Dr. Seuss's trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, he addresses the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all.

Perfect for display and destined to become a family keepsake, it features a full-color cover insert on the cloth slip-case; a full-color printed book case; a bookplate for personalizing; and...

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Overview

This cloth-bound, slip-cased deluxe edition is the perfect elegant gift for high school, or college grads! With Dr. Seuss's trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, he addresses the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all.

Perfect for display and destined to become a family keepsake, it features a full-color cover insert on the cloth slip-case; a full-color printed book case; a bookplate for personalizing; and the Good Doctor's famous commencement speech "My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers" ( a.k.a. the "Popover" Poem) printed inside.

"Don't be fooled by the title of this seriocomic ode to success; it's not 'Climb Every Mountain,' kid version. All journeys face perils, whether from indecision, from loneliness, or worst of all, from too much waiting. Seuss' familiar pajama-clad hero is up to the challenge, and his odyssey is captured vividly in busy two-page spreads evoking both the good times (grinning purple elephants, floating golden castles) and the bad (deep blue wells of confusion). Seuss' message is simple but never sappy: life may be a 'Great Balancing Act,' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'"—(starred) Booklist.

Also available: Oh, the Places You’ll Go Pop-up in a deluxe limited edition.

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"Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places. You're off and away!" And so begins Dr. Seuss' zestful 1990 classic Oh, The Places You'll Go! for "out-starting upstarts of all ages." The last book penned by Theodor Geisel (1904-1991) maintains the quirky joyous modulated optimism that we associate with this legendary children's book author. An excellent reading adventure for anyone with brains in their head and feet in their shoes.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
The classic children’s book that has become many people’s “go-to” graduation gift has been re-issued with the poem “My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers.” “My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers” was the only commencement address Seuss/Theodor Geisel would give when asked to speak at Lake Forest College’s graduation in 1977. At first, Geisel demurred on giving any talk, noting that he “talked with people, not at them.” With this in mind, the president of the college was relieved and gratified when Dr. Seuss pulled the short poem out of his pocket to share with the graduating seniors. The poem works beautifully paired with the much more famous Oh, the Places You’ll Go as both emphasize taking “great care” of the world and making decisions based on knowledge and integrity rather than being pulled in by frothy language or questionable people who lack anything substantial behind them. The message of the main text remains one of my favorites: go out and live life to the fullest, mistakes and all, and make it a glorious journey that challenges and fulfills. If you have never owned this book previously, you really do need to buy it now. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 8 up.
School Library Journal
The master of enjoyable didacticism offers a flight of fancy into the future of a generic "you'' who is venturing out into the world, where he will have ups and downs but will succeed and finally "MOVE MOUNTAINS!'' While doting relatives will find this extended greeting card an ideal gift for nursery school graduates, the story will have less appeal for children than Seuss' story books and easy readers. Seuss' characteristic drawings carry and extend the text through mazelike streets, over colorful checkerboard landscapes, into muddy blue "slumps,'' through heady highs when fame results from success at the game of life, and through dark, lonely confrontations with graveyard-like fears in times of solitude. While the text gives a strong message of self-determination and potential, the small, male "you'' pictured seems more of a passive passenger on his journey through life, reacting to things as they come and walking along with his eyes shut on both the first and last pages of the text. Although this does not rank among the best of Seuss' books, its stress on self-esteem and imaginative artwork make it a good addition to picture-book collections.
— Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Denver Post
A joyful song to life.
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Celebrating the wisdom of the beloved Dr. Seuss, this 20th anniversary edition of the book first published one year before his death at age eighty-seven reminds readers that life has challenges, but they are not insurmountable. Best of all, life also has joys. Whereas most of Seuss's books are primarily cherished by young children, this one has become a modern classic and remained a bestseller because of its appeal to older audiences. Although some youngsters have been given the book as they complete kindergarten, it is also popular as a graduation gift for students of all ages as they complete high school, college, or university degrees. And the book is commonly given to new retirees as they venture into their new life experiences. We can all identify with Seuss's "Everyman" with brains in his head and feet in his shoes as he decides which direction to choose. Seuss's signature zany illustrations in pastel colors remind us of some of life's absurd situations, but we know in the end, we will succeed (98 and ? percent guaranteed). Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679847366
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Classic Seuss Series
  • Edition description: Deluxe Cloth Slipcased Edition
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 20,079
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    This story is timeless and perfect. I specifically bought this

    This story is timeless and perfect. I specifically bought this book for the hardback and case. I have a copy for each of my children that I have their teachers sign every year and it will make a great graduation gift for them one day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    This is a great gift!

    My best friend started giving this book as a gift to all of the High School Graduates she knew. I totally stole the idea and gave it to my son when he graduated. It is very inspiring. It reads like it was meant for teenagers.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Oh, The Places You'll Go...A wonderful book for young and "older"

    I have made it a practice of mine to give this book to my granchildren when they are graduated from college. They just love it. When we open this book, it gives us a chance to read it together-taking turns. of course someone invariably says"That is so true....Although not one of DR. Seuss' best - it does send a message-the world is out there for you!
    Simple, yet profound. I recommend this for all age groups.

    Lady A.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Very good title!

    Theodore Giesel hit the nail on the head with this book. All English teachers in all high schools should read this book to thier outgoing 12th graders before graduation ariives. It is very true to life in all facets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    A challenge for kids of all ages.

    Many books have come and gone yet none of them have been able to inspire an odd cat like myself to do what it is I was meant to do. It taught me to never settle for the part of the world where I landed and it also showed me that in the darkest times is when one must keep ones head to find that open air. This book is truly meant for the free spirits of the world or for those who need to know that they are not the only ones who feel all alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    I love it

    I have always loved this book, for it's creativity, and hidden message. It gives children the idea that nothing is immpossible, you can move mountains, and make new friends, go to places unknown. The pictures are fabulous, and the story doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's a great thing to read to young children. They don't have to understand anything, becasue all of this stuff is made up, and imaginary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Tough Times

    I first read this book in Latin in my High School Latin class. I thought my teacher was crazy for making us read this Dr. Seuss book, but soon I began to appreciate it. After reading it and translating it from Latin to English, I picked up a copy in English and read it. It got me through some tough times and gave me encouragement and support. DOnt be fooled by the age limit listed on this book. I have bought a copy of this for two of my closest friends and a teacher. Its an ideal gift for anyone at anytime.

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