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Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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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.
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published January 22nd 1990 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Kay


"It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too."

-Dr. Seuss


I had never read this book from cover to cover, but I was familiar with it from quotes used in speeches and publications. The dean of our college read us a passage to close the graduation ceremony, and even then I did not appreciate how appropriate that passage was...more
Ronyell
Dr. Seuss is clearly the true essence of children’s books as he writes about life in a playful and lyrical way that children can easily understand. Well, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is definitely no exception as it is about believing in yourself as you go out into the world. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is easily a book that every child should read whenever he or she are in a slump!

Basically, this book is about taking charge of your own life facing difficulties in your life such as loneliness, fe...more
Petra X
I never enjoyed Dr. Seuss books. They never 'spoke' to me. Just a bunch of silly rhymes and ok illustrations. However, they seem to have inspired the sort of devotion in some people (view spoiler) that I have for the original pre-Disney A.A. Milne Winnie The Pooh books (view spoiler). This book was no exception. What fans call 'whimsical', I call 'cutsie' and sugary-sweet and very un...more
Beez Beasley
Written for children from age 1 to 100. Embrace new adventures and changes in your life!
مصطفي سليمان
…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another...more
Dawn Michelle
Oct 05, 2007 Dawn Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is looking to be uplifted
I love this book. I mean, in general I love Dr. Seuss and all, but this one really touched me and its the only one I own of his.
I bought this and it came just as I had my two lower wisdom teeth removed. Lets just say there were a few complications and I was stuck in bed for over a week eating baby food and ground up things (have you ever had meat ground up in the food processor..ICK!) and my mom would read things to me. And this is one of the things she would read. It was so fantasitc.
It is a ve...more
Eddie
I've had this book on my dresser for a long time, siting there saying read me, but my brain saying, but it's a kid book! Like, little, little kid book! Don't bother. So it sat there, in the waiting place. Just waiting. But in reality, I was in the waiting place. My god, I've been in the waiting place. What have I been doing all these years? Waiting! Just passing time. Not playing any games to win. Just waiting. How so sad. Not anymore. Who needs the gurus, preachers, god, etc, when you have this...more
Kaisha
Jun 28, 2012 Kaisha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who like short, positive books.
Now first of all let me explain from the start
that I love Dr. Seuss, he had such a good heart.
His stories are nonsense but also have meaning,
the wisdom found here is quite surely worth gleaning.

Some say it's for children; they'll love it a lot,
but it's everyone's book, so don't think that it's not.
In fact I would say that while kids love the tale,
the adults will understand more, without fail.

It's once you have been through this life fully grown
that you understand not just the pictures alone,
or t...more
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 yourself
any 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,
yo...more
Ashley
Mar 13, 2009 Ashley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone going through anything!
Recommended to Ashley by: My Mom
I was given this book on my high school graduation day by my mom. I cannot think of a better book for children, people graduating ANYTHING, people who are opening a chapter in their life, or even those who may have just closed one. I still look back to this book when I need a a fresh pair of eyes in which to view the world.
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 fliers
who soar to great heights.


Yep. That's exactly what I want for my young'uns!

Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the...more
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...more
Jocelin
My favorite part...

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiti...more
Tatiana
While subbing this afternoon, I had the privilege of reading Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss to the smart 2nd grade class. They've read it before; it's one of their favorites. The narrative offers inspiring rhymes on graduating into real life and the struggles and triumphs that await you there. The simple yet profound, and beautifully written, message applied both to myself and my audience, as we are facing changes, albeit different ones, this coming fall. We read the final lines together...more
Rayzel ♔
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...

Today was the last day of my Careers class, and my teacher read this book aloud to us in a cheesy attempt to wish us luck in life. Those were her words, not mine, and let's be honest - it's best when Dr. Seuss is left to do the talking. Just imagine a bunch of high school students demanding she...more
Courtney
"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 tact
and remember that Life's
a 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...more
Todd
I happened across a blog entry on the dangers of The Waiting Place, which is described in this book. The blogger was free with his praise for this, the last work of Dr. Seuss, and I decided to check it out for myself.

I read it once. I re-read it. I read it a third time. With each reading I fell more in love with this short piece of prose that can barely be called a children's book. It is written to children, but the experiences it describes are those of the whole of life.

It begins adventurously,...more
Philip
I have always loved this book. I just read it to my daughters this morning. El is sitting here with me while I'm typing this, she's playing with a stack of CDs and asking me to sing "Away in the Manger" fast.

Let me ask her what she thought of the book.

Me: "El, what'd you think about the book "Oh the Places You'll Go" that I read this morning? Did you like it?

El: "I did. I liked the way you read it."

Me: "What do you mean?"

El: "The Ellie and Gwennie way."

... Ok, I just got it. When I read it and d...more
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 go...more
Janet
I know it's a tad convenient but I just needed a check mark in the 'win' column which happens every time I finish a book. Actually, this book is on my desk and I read it a couple times a week when I'm feeling particularly pathetic - it never fails to give me a lift. That I have the 'Party Edition' with a sparkly cover just makes it that much better.
Kritika Swarup
When I read a book as this, I wonder does it leave an imprint as deep on an adult as it does on a toddler?!
I am not sure as the noises in the surrounding seems to dampen the impact even before it is completely felt. One thing I am sure of is, I would want this to be one of those lessons which drive me when I am stuck!
Hadir Abdel-Gawad
Very inspirational leaving you with such a lovely smile on your face and deeply thinking about every word in it..
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 yourself
any 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 be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sites!
You'll join the high fliers!
who soar to high heights.

Yo...more
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...more
Elizabeth Roe
Grade/interest level: Range of grades (K-6th)
Reading level: Lexile, AD600L
Genre: Picture Book, Traditional Literature

Main Characters: There is a small boy featured
Setting: One of Dr. Seuss' Worlds
POV: Dialogue between the narrator and the reader

This beloved Dr. Seuss story is about the journey that one takes in their life and also the obstacles they may face. The story begins with empowering statements letting the reader know that they are smart and the agent of their decisions. The narrator s...more
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...more
Michael
"Mais Oui, Les Endroits Que Vous Aller!" is an express endorsement of multiculturalism by one of the 20th Century's greatest minds. The idea of a home state is destroyed early in the work as the protagonist (you, the reader in the rare 2nd-person narration) leaves behind the closed-mindedness of your native land for the freedom of the surrounding countryside. The experience will provide the now-open-minded reader transcendence amongst the world's culture. However Geisel also forewarns about the...more
Jillian McAdams
Apr 02, 2010 Jillian McAdams rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'm not a big Dr. Seuss fan by any means but I truly believe this is one of the best books ever written. I didn't read it until college but it moved me to tears and I've never read it through without misting a little bit. This book has the illustrations kids will like but the meaning and heart that can really be felt as an adult. I'm going to buy a copy for each of my preschoolers as a graduation gift because I often think about the type of people they will become, all the great things they will...more
Maritess
Awesome book, BUT

When my sister graduated from her fancy shmancy Ivy League school, the head of the dept of Energy gave the commencement speech.

The bonehead TOTALLY based the speech on this book.

Um, needless to say, by my reaction, I was not impressed, so please I beg everyone here, if you make it to the big time, DO NOT QUOTE THIS BOOK, people will make fun of you for years. I know that it was possibly the flimsiest commencement speech I've ever seen, and dudes, I've been to KINDERGARTEN gradu...more
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.
Barbara
I discovered this book in the waiting room at my son's orthodontist appointment. I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer at the time. The book profoundly spoke to me. It was a burning bush moment, an epiphany of inspiration. People think of this book as "send-off" for graduation, but I highly recommend it to anyone who is suffering. This book is very close to my heart.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto...more
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“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
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