Oh, the Places You'll Go! (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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Now available exclusively at Barnes & Noble: a special Keepsake Edition of Dr. Seuss's wonderfully wise graduation speech for children starting out in the world, be they nursery, high school, or college grads! With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss addresses the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all.

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Overview

Now available exclusively at Barnes & Noble: a special Keepsake Edition of Dr. Seuss's wonderfully wise graduation speech for children starting out in the world, be they nursery, high school, or college grads! With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss addresses the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all.

This special edition includes eight extra pages designed to be personalized with photographs, signatures, advice from teachers, friends, and family, and with notes about dreams for the future. The inside back cover also has a sturdy pocket for storing mementos. Whether personalized by the gift giver or by the recipient, it is sure to become a treasured volume—a place where happy memories are captured and inspiration can always be found.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375972959
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Edition description: Graduation Keepsake Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 8,017
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Seuss
It’s difficult to imagine the children’s book landscape without Dr. Seuss, who is, almost half a century after The Cat in the Hat, the best-recognized children’s book writer in the country. But until Dr. Seuss -- a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel -- reinvented the genre with his colorful and exuberant Sneetches, Grinches, Zaxes, and Zooks, children’s books were often little more than literal-minded lessons and cautionary tales intended to transform young readers into productive citizens.

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 June 20, 2014

    Recommend As A Keepsake

    Bought this to use as a keepsake for my grandson to use throughout his school years. Saw this idea on a television show and thought it was something he would be able to reflect back on when he finishes school. Has just finished 1st grade....looking forward to seeing his progress and accomplishments over the years. Great book....offers a lot of areas to be able to enter information on.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Oh Yes!

    This is one of the best books ever - from young children to the elderly. The message is universal and always relevant. I gave it as a baby-shower gift and it seemed to be the most appreciated by the expectant-mom and ALL the guests!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    I love the book, and bought the special edition for my kindergar

    I love the book, and bought the special edition for my kindergartener's teacher to sign (and will have other teachers do the same each year through to graduation). I was excited to see the extra pages included in this book, but didn't realize they were "guided" pages, not just blank. So there are boxes to sign in, notes that can be written, etc. I wish I had done my research prior to purchasing, and that the pages were just blank. Also, the green "B&N exclusive" sticker, but I don't think I'll be able to without ruining the cover paper. Obviously, these things do not change the meaning of the text/messages, but I'll have to get creative to ensure everyone has a place to sign, and the cover looks nice when we give it to her in 2025 :). Overall, though, a great book!

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