Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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by Dr. Seuss

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A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark

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A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’”

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Gift guide, The New York Times, June 21, 2008:
"One book that has proved to be popular for graduates of all ages since it was first published in 1990."
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.
"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.
Barnes & Noble Staff
Dr. Seuss, pseudonym for Theodor Seuss Geisel, is world renowned for his inventiveness and wit. His stories are instantly recognizable by their use of fantastic words, clever rhymes, and unusual creatures-drawn in his distinctive style.
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.

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Random House Children's Books
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Classic Seuss Series
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Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
Gift guide, The New York Times, June 21, 2008:
"One book that has proved to be popular for graduates of all ages since it was first published in 1990."

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Oh, the Places You'll Go! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
Book_Lover89 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great gift for some graduates. The one who will be receiving it from me has lead a somewhat bumpy and hard life so far. he has fallen off of the tracks a few times and lost he way. With some recent help, he has found his way back into the race of life and is actually graduating a year early from HS. My graduate takes gifts like these to heart and I know he will remember this one for years to come. Dr. Suess's words in this book are so inspiring for a boy like him. The Dr says it perfectly when he writes "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 fun of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street." These words touch home with this boy. His life has been full of choices, some that were not good ones. Now he has the knowledge and the brains to stear clear of these places and watch what he does and where he chooses to go. He has the knowledge to CHOOSE right and has the knowledge of what he should do. I know for a fact that if I got a dictionary or something of that sort, it would be used even less than a book like this. I know, because I got one and it is still sitting on my bookshelf and hasn't been opened since the day I got it. Students these days use the computer for everything they need, like looking up words in a electronic dictionary. It is so much easier and so much faster. All I am trying to say is: when looking at something, please look at all sides of the situation. What might be worthless to some, is the best gift others could get. The first thing that I felt when reading your review was that I spent weeks thinking of a really great gift for my graduate and that getting this was like getting him garbage; just something that he can throw away. When, in reality, it might be something that he keeps forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss, "The Places You'll Go" is a really great book. It has been around since I was a kid. I think everyone should read the book from the ages 2-to-120.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was great!!!!!!! loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought two of these books to give to my daughter and her best friend for high school graduation. They loved their Dr. Seuss books when they were kids and they are going to love this one!
cjackson1481 More than 1 year ago
In today's economy, this book has a whole new life. Although written for the new graduate finding his/her way into the world, I turned to it when I lost my job and had to face the challenges and fears of finding a new career in my 50s. "And when you're in a Slump,/you're not in for much fun./Un-slumping yourself/is not easily done." I've just sent a copy to my sister who's will also enjoy this encouraging story from the master tell himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a mother of a 3yr old daughter, who attends day care. It was brought to my attention that another mother is having her child's teachers sign a copy of Dr Suess, Oh the Places You'll Go! She intends to do this until her child graduates college w/o letting her child know it's being done. Then she is going to present it to the child upon graduation. I love this idea and the book and I am going to do it and maybe other parents may do it now too!
AnnemarieCA More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazingly pertinent read for all age levels - the message is timeless and ageless. It's funny, absorbing, and inspirational. The illustrations are eye-catching and colorful which children will appreciate. Reading and re-reading this to young children will show them your love, help develop their confidence, and inspire them. Though a child's book, it also makes an excellent 6th or 8th grade promotion gift or graduation gift from High School, College, or University, as it puts words to the feelings of love and confidence you have in the graduate. Or, read it for yourself for a shot of encouragement!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Dr. Seuss' best. A great way for upper level student to remember the joy of Seuss and to hear a positive message of life. That it does not matter what you do, but that you beleive in yourself and work hard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son just graduated high school and he was the Salutatorian of his class. He used 'Oh, The Places You'll Go' for his valediction. He used excerpts, of course, but it was wonderful and everyone from students, teachers,parents and grandparents loved it! His paternal grandmother gave him the hardback edition for one of his graduation gifts, which will be a keepsake for him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about life, and for any age of reader. I received it as a highschool graduation gift from a friend and as I read through it, it brought tears to my eyes because it has a REAL impact, (for being classified as a childrens book.)The words were very inspiring to me. I would recommend it to anyone from ages 3 to 99.
LaurieWM More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for people of all ages. At any [point they are embarking on a new phase in life, Dr Seuss' words ring true. Gotta love the Seuss!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
A good, interesting read.
Alene More than 1 year ago
psa433 More than 1 year ago
Someone suggested I do this for my daughter and it's exactly what I intend to do: buy the book and have significant people in their lives write a personal note in the book. Then give the book to the graduate filled with encouragement from school teachers, Sunday school teachers, coaches, family members. It becomes so much more than a book - it's personal and inspirational. Love this idea and hope others will too. My daughter is 4 now and I plan on having her teachers from 3K and 4K start it off.
LeechLA More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my 3 yr. old girl & intend to read it to her as often as possible. This book teaches life's lessons in a very entertaining fashion. Also bought it for my 5 nieces & nephews!
lovespiano More than 1 year ago
Even though my son graduated from HS a few years ago, he wanted this book,as his English teacher read it to his senior class. He said the story fit very well for graduation and young people getting out on their own. I gave it to him for his birthday and he was very pleased with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Con: I ordered a large amount of books for my classroom from online. But the teacher discount does not apply on online purchases. Con: I paid for 3 day shipping on Tuesday, but did not receive the books until Monday. The con is with the postal services and not barnes and noble. Pro: The ordering process went well. Customer service helped me alot on the phone and in the store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, and I bought it for my daughter. I love reading this to her and I can't wait until she could read it too!
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I used these as childcare gifts for 3 year old children. Hope they get the message.
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TLreader More than 1 year ago
I give this book to every high school graduate
Nick7 More than 1 year ago
Oh, the places you'll go! With all the ups and downs and uncertainties of life, this book says it all and in a language that youth understand.