Oh, The Places You'll Go!: Mini Edition (Dr Seuss Miniature Edition) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2004
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‘…my favourite of Dr Seuss’s books… not least for its combination of mastery, mystery and possibility.’ Guardian
‘Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.’ Express
‘The celebrated whimsicalist who has given young readers and gigglers so many outrageous adventures over the years has opted for a more purposeful stroll in his latest outing.’ New York Times
‘The author… has filled many a childhood with unforgettable characters, stunning illustrations, and of course, glorious rhyme.’ Guardian
‘One book that has proved to be popular for graduates of all ages since it was first published in 1990.’ New York Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Illus. in full color. "Don't be fooled by the title of this seriocomic ode to success; it's not 'Climb Every Mountain, ' kid version. All journeys face perils, whether from indecision, from loneliness, or worst of all, from too much waiting. Seuss' familiar pajama-clad hero is up to the challenge, and his odyssey is captured vividly in busy two-page spreads evoking both the good times (grinning purple elephants, floating golden castles) and the bad (deep blue wells of confusion). Seuss' message is simple but never sappy: life may be a 'Great Balancing Act, ' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'"--(starred) "Booklist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Likely my last, mostly absurd
But I had to think of life's general direction
And that brought me to this little reflection
The places we go
The places we know
The things that we show
The hearts that all glow
Life is but a journey friend
And friend with friend up till the end
We should be happy and we should be free
You should be you and I'll just be me
And OH, OH, the places we'll go
We'll go hither and we'll go fro
Over the rainbow and under a smile
Making the light year seem less than a mile
My own trek is one through theology
Determined it feels by biology
And compels me upon my wonderful way
And never doubting it for a day
That this is where I'm called to be
This is what I'm charged to see
By some much grander holy light
Which may someday give me greater sight
And until then the faith I'll hold
To try to make the journey bold
So that everyplace will feel like home
For everyplace is someone's home
Be it brown or be it blue
In a castle or a shoe
In the up and out the down
Journeying through every town
And still there will be more places to go
Still more ways in which we can grow
But may we never outgrow the Seuss
For then, dear friends, life's not much use
This is a lesser-known Dr. Seuss book, but still a great story and great learning device. This is especially well suited for children who are going through a transition or change in life, to show them in a cute and memorable way that life is journey in and of itself, and that there are good things to be found when leaving the security and safety of home.
An excellent text for children who may be nervous about going to school, going on a trip, or major life changes, this book is real treasure.
It was a special gift with a lot of sentiment of hope and joy that this newborn child is a blank canvas with so many places to go.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Oh, the Places You'll Go! was one of her picks.
This book describes a future filled with unlimited potential ('you can steer any direction you choose'), success ('you'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead'), set-backs ('you can get all hung up on a prickle-ly perch'), and overcoming obstacles ('somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying').
Many will mischaracterize this book. Since it starts with the words, 'Congratulations! Today is your day.', some will see it only in the context of some special event. At one level, it could certainly be a graduation present for a high school or college grad. At another level, it can be given to those who are moving on from one school to another. You can also see it as a gift for any transition, even if from one grade to the next.
But, I think that the more important application of this book is in setting a standard of parental beliefs for your child about one's child's future life. Psychologists in book after book tell us that parents tend not to be supportive enough, and that teenagers and adult children feel that they have never lived up to their parents' standards.Read more ›
This book will go down well for any 18th, 21st, 30th or 65th birthday present, leaving home or first job.
If you like this, you'll love 'I had trouble in getting to Solla-Sollew'. The same upbeat message but just a liitle more subtle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great books to spur a child on but to set them up to accept and move on if they fail at something.Published 6 days ago by Lestat_Quirk
Given to both my boy's when they went off to university. They loved it, especially since they have grown up reading Dr Seuss. And boy, the places they have gone!!Published 6 days ago by clairek
I'm a counsellor and often read this book to children I work with. It's lovely with a great message. Definitely helpfulPublished 11 days ago by J S
Just brilliant. I give it to young people about to go or leave further education to friends retiring to anyone facing major upheaval.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love this story! It is poignant and contains a wealth of good advice for young minds. My only issue with it is that some of the language seems rather Americanised.Published 1 month ago by MrsMum
One of my favourite books and my son now loves me to read it to him. A classic and very inspiring book!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer