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For out-starting upstarts of all ages, here is a wonderfully wise and blessedly brief graduation speech from the one and only Dr. Seuss. In his inimitable, humorous verse and pictures, he addresses the Great Balancing Act (life itself, and the ups and downs it presents) while encouraging us to find the success that lies within us.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will in
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published January 22nd 1990 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
All my life I’ve had a outstandingly risible optimism. My Mom started me young - she gave me the ole Seuss spirit. Never say die, boys!

Yep. She had that ne’er-say-die Seuss spirit in spades, especially when she’d half-sing, half peal out... like a ringing Angelus Bell! (Wait for it!)

One more river
And that’s the River Jordan!
One more river
An’ that’s the river to cross!

Growing up, whenever “authority” and “would-be authority” would turn up the heat under my feet, I danced through it all.

An easy v
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: children
Once upon a time,
I called a friend of mine,
Asked him hesitatingly
I want to read him a poem,
If with him, it's fine!

He tells me why not,
Go on, go on!
I'll listen to you until my
Energy is gone!

Exuberent I was, As I began
But with excitement came
The fright!
What if I start stuttering?
What if I don't do it right?
What if I don't do my best?
What if I shake,
the whole day and night!!

But once he put all
his attention on me.
I recited the poem,
As a human and not a zombie.

He listened to me first,
With full co

"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
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A gift on my high school graduation... something I will always treasure. It answers all of life's questions for a young one trying to decide their future!

As a children's book, the rhyming and cartoon-like at helps keep focused attention. But it's the words that are so simple, yet so evocative in their minds. Certain stanzas stay with you. People quote it both in fun and in sincerity when thinking about what to do.

It's books like this that help children figure out that reading is not just educati
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is my All-Time-Number-One-Favorite children's book.
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.

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
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story, humor
All aboard!!!



Today is your day,

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

No wonder this was the last tale by Dr. Seuss while he was alive (there are two more books, published posthumously)…

…and I am sure that he is now visting great places!

This is a charming tale about the journey of each of us in our lives, BUT...

...what I really liked was that Dr. Seuss don’t lie to us.

He exposes during the rhythmic narrative, that not everythi
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oh, The Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss
The story begins with the narrator, relating the decision of the unnamed protagonist (who represents the reader) to leave town. The protagonist travels through several geometrical and poly-chromatic landscapes and places, eventually encountering a place simply called "The Waiting Place", which is ominously addressed as being a place where everyone is always waiting for something to happen. As the protagonist continues to explore, spurred on by the thoughts of
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
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Written for children from age 1 to 100. Embrace new adventures and changes in your life!
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
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
”You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

I was not expecting a kid’s book to be so incredibly profound?? This picture book follows an unnamed narrator (“You”) as they take off on the journey called life. This journey takes them through indecision, anxiety, loneliness and failure—- but also excitement, triumph and happiness.

This was a really beautiful story. I loved that it wasn’t sugar-coating things for kids. Seuss underst
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, read-2015
How did I ever miss this gem! Love Dr. Seuss!
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Upon the graduation of my firstborn last weekend, I decided to really read this book for the first time. I read many Dr. Seuss books to him over the years, but somehow this one never made it home with us.

What can I say? It's pretty amazing how deep truths can be conveyed in such simple rhymes. Seuss warns of setbacks in life, the danger of getting stuck in the dreaded "waiting place," the inevitability of lonely times, and the importance of remembering that life is a "Great Balancing Act." Simp
Wren (fablesandwren)
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 04-stars, not-shelved
WrensReads Review:


It touches on anxiety and depression like you wouldn't believe, but in a nice way.

It wants you to get up! Go out! Do the things you want to do!
Don't Wait! Don't fright! You have to go and do you!

Seriously Wren, stop rhyming.

He touches on things involving how things won't go your way and you'll get down. Or you'll be worried you picked the wrong path. He continues on why it is okay and that it will be alright! I think this is important to
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can’t go wrong with Dr Seuss when it comes to kids books. They love these books and will want to hear them over and over again.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
...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 the waiting around for a "Yes" or "No"
or waiting for their hair to grow
[or, in the most cases, waiting for Godot!]
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing!
[Shai] Bibliophage

This is a children's story book, but reading this feels like Dr. Seuss not only wrote this for young readers. He also deliberately target adult readers because the way it gives hope; it reminds us of the challenges and the success we might experienced on our journey in our lives.
مصطفي سليمان
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
…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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-5-star
A book for children and adults, it celebrates and instructs the reader on life's possible journey as you make your decisions along the way. Some of your journey will be adventurous and bright, while it may also be confusing, waiting, dark and scary. But, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." And in the end, "KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!"

This upbeat book about life's adventures and trials will entertain as well as educate rea
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book and quite different in many ways to much of Dr Seuss's classic children's books. For what is ostensibly a children's book, is perhaps nothing of the kind - this is a book which is most definitely for all of us. This is a story about the journey of life, it's about life's challenges, the successes and the happiness, along with the loneliness and the sadness of life. The good and the bad along with the happy and the sad - as it were.

In the hands of so many other authors / ill
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne by: Liz Janet

This book has more depth, more heart, and is more inspiring than a lot of YA and NA
books I could mention, all put together. This is probably my best Dr. Seuss book yet.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. but mostly they're darked.
But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?”

You'll get m
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Christi Tulenko
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my youngest son who is graduating from high school in a few days.

“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”

The journey of the book is based on the journey of life, with some speed bumps along the way,

“I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you."

But it never stops inspiring.

“And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”

And my personal favorite,

“You have br
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those starting new journey's
"I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you. All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you'll be quite a lot."

I graduated yesterday and I received 3 copies of this book as gifts. I, of course, had seen this book around a lot, but I never actually read it. Well, right now I had the chance to sit down and read through it. And maybe I'm just overtly emotional, but I found myself tearing up reading Dr. Seuss' w
Malina Skrobosinski
What a great inspirational book!!! I can't believe I have never read this before!

Children's book? Pfff... this is for everyone!

Forget the "Best of Luck" greeting cards, from now on I'm buying people this book when they're transitioning on to bigger better things! Far better than any greeting card I've ever read! 👍
Dawn Michelle
Oct 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book contains a very powerful inspirational message for children and adults alike. It contains great wisdom about the trials and tribulations of life with a powerful message of life.
It contains a warning that we all need to heed: Except when you don't. Because sometimes you won't'
Something we all have to accept and deal with. Always at the basis is a very powerful message of hope :
"Kid , you'll move mountains". Unlike "Solla Sollew" , Dr Seuss acknowledges in this book that sometimes when a
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
Oh, the Places You
Had to read this one again.


I haven't read it in so many years, but Jennifer Niven made me want to go back to the Bright Places; so I jumped on board and bought me the E-book!
Now I'm really considering getting myself all the old favorites to add to my shelves.

Get on your way

Archit Ojha
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Thank you Pooja for reading me this one over the phone. Life wouldn't have been any better without you.
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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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