Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
What it says on the back cover
From bang-ups and hang-ups to lurches and slumps Dr Seuss takes a hilarious look at the mishaps and misadventures that life may have in store for us. By combining the funniest stories, craziest creatures and zaniest pictures with his unique blend of rhyme, rhythm and repetition. Dr Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities learn to read. Dr Seuss makes reading Fun!
What made me pick up the book?
I have worked with children most of my adult life and throughout that time I have found many a book which has grabbed my attention which actually made me want a copy for my own personal book collection. This book was read by a teacher at a school where I taught ESOL students and helped students that had difficulties with their learning, including one who suffered from Aspergers Syndrome several years ago.
About the book
Oh the Places You’ll Go is a book which takes the reader on a journey which the author congratulates us on the very first page telling us “Today is your day”. This book is motivational, its fun, it has great illustrations and it is ideal for children and adults alike. Oh the Places is not just a rhyming story but it is educational, making us think about ourselves and as an adult, it makes us think of the things we have done, the places we have travelled to and what choices we make. This can all be simplified for kids and for kids who are starting to grow up, attend Middle school or are at the end of their studies deciding on which path to take. It is also about choices and the choices we make.
“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 any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town” (Seuss, 1957).
Is this book worth buying? This book is written by the children’s author Dr Seuss, a long-standing favourite author of many and certainly one of mine while growing up.
This book teaches children (and adults alike) that the road to life is never easy and it will not always be plain sailing. It teaches each of us that there will be bumps and hiccups along the way but to never to give up and to keep going. It is the kind of book that shines and has fantastic poetry written throughout it to make sure it is enjoyable “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights, You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights” (Seuss, 1957).
The book was written back in the fifties and its relevance is just as good now as it was back then. I love to write this story out in an email or in a letter or a card to thoseI know who may be moving forward with the careers, graduations, leaving, and achieving their goals, and also giving that little bit of a boost to those that need it once in a while. Most of the friends and family I have given it to love it. I even gave it to my nephew as a first birthday present and even today its still a big favourite of his.