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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

by Seuss

Random House Children's Books | January 22, 1990 | Hardcover

Oh, the Places You'll Go! is rated 4.6538 out of 5 by 26.

A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’”

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 56 pages, 11.3 × 8.45 × 0.39 in

Published: January 22, 1990

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679805273

ISBN - 13: 9780679805274

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An "OLD" favorite I've given this book many times as a grad gift but people often have the book already! It's getting to be a tired idea. My "NEW" favorite is "Dream" by Susan V. Bosak -- rich illustrations with meaningful text has proven to be appreciated by grads young and old. It is a real gorgeous gem of a book and it's Canadian!
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful, Charming Message and Wish This is one of my favourite books to give as a gift - it communicates everything you’d want to say to someone you care about, no matter what the age or stage or life, embarking on a new journey or having a little trouble. It's sweet, charming, and supportive - a book to revisit when you need a little encouragement and fortitude.
Date published: 2011-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fun book! I haven't read this book before. I loved it!!!!! What a fun book! It is inspirational, too. I was smiling the entire time I was reading it. I can see why people give it as a graduation gift, and in fact, the dust jacket says that it was from a graduation speech that Dr. Seuss once gave.
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from and the Challenges You Will Face Dr. Seuss is such a universal presence, and he seems to represent universal wisdom. As an example, I recall the Peanuts cartoon I read during my childhood. Linus had filled out an application form, and he explained to the listener: "It asked for family physician, and I did not know what to write. So I put, `Dr. Seuss.'" The last book that came out before his death, "Oh, The Places You'll Go" was Dr. Seuss's (Theodor Geisel's) legacy of sage guidance. Most known for his children's books featuring such animal characters as The Cat in the Hat, Horton, and Yertle the Turtle or fun concepts such as Green Eggs and Ham, he came up with something a little different: a book about facing life's challenges. Ostensibly for children, it is also well-suited for adults facing graduation, the next job, the next challenge in life, etc. Just as life can take you everywhere, the main character seems to go everywhere here: walking down paths, roads, and mazes; climbing hills; riding balloons; wandering over rock-faces; rowing in the sea; and encountering disjointed cities surrounded by oddball arched constructions. Lots of Seuss-like people and animals appear on the journey, but they are just for scenery: the prose concerns only the young boy, "you." It is the middle of the book onward that is most important, for it warns of the letdown from ambition. Dr. Seuss persists with the theme of challenges until the end, fittingly, because everyone will not find life to be only a bowl of cherries but will encounter disappointments and rough seas as well. A universal point made by an everyman's doctor, who ultimately betrays his optimism, confident that the reader will meet the challenges.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Grad Gift Worth Giving In his usual rhyme and oddly surreal style, this Dr. Seuss book takes on the notion of graduation and big old world out there for you to move into. I think what gives this book the timeless, repeating quality is that it quite frankly discusses how you can do anything, succeed no matter what, always win - except when you don't, can't or won't - and how that is, in itself, not a reason not to try. There's a practicality to it that is both charming and uplifting, and keeps the message clear: You're going to start something big, and boy will it be exciting, regardless of how it may turn out in the long run.
Date published: 2009-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great gift Dr. Seuss at his wisest. A wonderful book to share with children of any age.
Date published: 2009-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great classic Makes a great graduation gift - for those who are still deciding! Also good for mothers who are expecting (there is a different version specifically for that)
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Alternative A nice graduation gift but everyone seems to have it already! A new, better alternative is "Dream" by Susan V. Bosak. It has a lot of meaning for both young and old graduates with gorgeous illustrations. Plus it's a Canadian book! A real gem to give as a gift.
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspriring Words for young and old... In typical Seussian style one can't help but feel motivated to move on from whatever point in life you're experiencing with a whole new outlook. Great gift for births, graduations or just making a new start in life. Seuss is able to transcend both age and status to inspire everyone to make the most of life and empower the reader to be the best they can be!
Date published: 2007-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from moving on? This is a great graduation present. Dr Seuss is classic :)
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it I recommend this book to anybody going into High School.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh The Places You Will GO This is definatly a book for people of all ages. I am 18 and I love this book. I never heard of it until my graduating year. It was read at bith my Graduating Church Service and my graduation. This book really holds a lot of fond memories for me. If you have never read this book.... I highly recommend it. If your 5 or 105 it has a lot of meaning for everyone.
Date published: 2004-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I never knew... The principle of my nieces school read this to the graduating class of grade eights. I am not sure if it was lost on them, but I know that it surely was picked up by the many of the parents. A book about life and your adventures in it; both good and bad. I had to buy it, just because it was so true, all of it. Buy it, both parents and kids - later in life maybe - will be inspired by its words.
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graduation Book I have given this book to graduates of every age - from grade 8 through University. After getting over the initial shock of getting a Dr. Seuss book - every one of the receipients have come back to say what a great gift it was. I read it over and over to my grandchildren. It is a must for every age - even the grandparents
Date published: 2002-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCEPTIONAL I am a 33 year old who started buying this book as gifts for family and friends who needed inspiration. It is not only for children but adults as well. What can I say other than EVERYONE should read this book.
Date published: 2001-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to grow up on! This book is amazing. Dr. Seuss inspires both young and old to strive toward fulfilling their potential. What a wonderful message to share with a child.
Date published: 2000-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for transitions I have given this book to adult friends moving to another part of the country, retiring, and going on new adventures. It is a comforting book about change.
Date published: 2000-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, how I love this book! Dr. Seuss is amazing, as well all know. I still read him today even though I'm 23--I love his books! I got this book for a graduation gift and I think it's much better than a card--this book teaches about going through ups and downs in life. It's a great book for anyone!
Date published: 2000-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Amazing Seuss My son received this book for his 2nd birthday. It is one of Seuss's best. Inspiring yet grounded....it will have the receiver reaching for the sky while keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground.
Date published: 2000-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dr.Seuss Classic "Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea" this book is for you. It makes for a great picker-upper after a slump or to re-inpire you. It discusses all of the stages of life, from success to fail to waiting to rushing. This book is one of my favorites and it is a most read for everyone. (It is a perfect gift for someone moving on to a new job or graduating).
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, the places you'll go This book is very applicable to today's workforce and the changes each one of us faces. Gone are the days when a person works in the same job all of their life - the work force today is about constant change and this book tells of the highs and lows each one of us experiences. It's all in the way we adapt. Fantastic book!
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, The Places You'll Go A fantastic book for young and old alike. Makes a great gift for that extra-special graduate in your life!
Date published: 2000-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attn: READ THIS BOOK! This book pleases everyone, young and old. It was read at my graduation ceremony and has been one of my favorites ever since. Props to Seuss.
Date published: 2000-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is the perfect gift for someone going through a 'change of life'. I've given several as retirement, new job and "moving to a new town" gifts.
Date published: 1999-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr Suess does Life This is a must read. A life Manual for all ages. Children should buy it for their parents.
Date published: 1999-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I love this book. It is so inspiring!! I have purchased several copies over the years and given them as presents for special people in my life. Everyone should own a copy!!
Date published: 1999-08-21

– More About This Product –

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

by Seuss

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 56 pages, 11.3 × 8.45 × 0.39 in

Published: January 22, 1990

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679805273

ISBN - 13: 9780679805274

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’”

From the Jacket

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.  

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

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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 unrivalled exuberance and charm that have made him beloved worldwide. Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a kaleidoscopically full-colour, ingeniously creative tale from the wondrous mind of the late, great Dr. Seuss.

Editorial Reviews

Gift guide, The New York Times, June 21, 2008:
"One book that has proved to be popular for graduates of all ages since it was first published in 1990."

Employee Review

A classic Dr. Seuss story, this book is about making choices and fulfilling goals. The story tells of the endless possibilities that exist in the future, and the opportunities that arise when you set out with "your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet." This would make a great gift for grads, or for anyone looking for inspiration to begin a new journey. You'll be "ninety-eight and three-quarters per cent guaranteed to succeed" with this one!

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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