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Oh, the Places You'll Go [20th anniversary edition] (edition 2010)

by Dr. Seuss

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Title:Oh, the Places You'll Go [20th anniversary edition]
Authors:Dr. Seuss
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2010), Edition: 20th anniversary ed, Hardcover
Collections:Your library, Children's Lit & Picture Books, Ex Libris tgm
Rating:*****
Tags:fiction, children, picture book, early reader, primary school, junior primary, rhyming text

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Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

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This story is unbelievably heartwarming and encouraging. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is told as if the reader is the main character. This stylistic choice creates a personalized feeling for the reader and allows them to enter this world in a more direct way. Dr. Seuss writes, “…and YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go,” telling the reader that this book is about their own life and they may interpret it as they choose.
My favorite thing about this story is how honest it is. Dr. Seuss write about the highs in life, such as having endless choices and many different roads to take, but he also talks about the lows in life. He tells the reader that their life will not be without loneliness and dark times, but he also says that the reader will learn how to overcome the difficulties and get back on track. This is a great message for children to read about because it fills them with confidence and provides a sense of encouragement.
The illustrations in this book are simple and extremely colorful, sticking to Dr. Seuss’ signature style. The bright and bold colors are a subtle reminder of how colorful life can be sometimes. Even when the reader is experiencing times of trouble and uncertainty, the hints of color, like in the bright orange row boat or the vibrant blue house, remind the reader that hard times are temporary and better, brighter days are just around the corner.
The main themes of this book are adventure and excitement. No one can predict their future and Dr. Seuss writes about how wonderful that can be. He tells children that life has many paths and that they may end up on any one they so choose. The reader embarks on an adventure as they read this story. From finding the right path in town to rowing a boat in unknown waters, Dr. Seuss reminds the reader that life is uncertain, but the feelings of uncertainty are what make life an adventure. He also wants his readers to know that they are smart, strong and can move mountains. ( )
  dluna1 | Mar 10, 2017 |
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is, surprisingly, a great children’s book. There are things that I like and don’t like about this book. One thing that I really do like about the book is the type of language that is used throughout the entire book. Rhyming in a children’s book is used to capture and hold the attention of the reader along with making it easier to sound out for early readers. For example, right from the start, Dr. Seuss writes, “Congratulations. Today is your day. You’re off to great places. You’re off and away.” So, right from the beginning, the author has captured the attention of the reader with simple, rhyming language.
Something that I don’t really like about the book, but at the same time respect, is the fact that the language is that of a realistic fiction book, but the illustrations are more of a fantasy. I think that it could possibly be more difficult for older readers to relate to this book because it depicts characters around pink trees and taking high air rides with only one balloon. These are pretty impossible things and may seem to fantastical. On the same token though, the realistic language given by Dr. Seuss could connect with children and cause them to believe in the message that he is attempting to get across. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose” (p.2). All of these things are true statements and could possibly capture the young reader’s attention even further.
Finally, I really did appreciate the message from the book. Dr. Seuss created this book to be about the choices that someone can make independently and that it is alright to fail. “I am sorry to say so, but sadly it’s true that bang ups and hang ups will happen to you” (p. 17). Sometimes the places that you make the choice to bring yourself to aren’t always the best and that is ok. He stresses that it is important, though, that you keep moving and pushing yourself. ( )
  CourtneyClutts | Mar 6, 2017 |
I love this book! One of the reasons I love this book is because of the rhyming and illustrations make it fun to read and kept me engaged throughout the story. The illustrations are so colorful which make them exciting to look at. For example, when the book says "You won't lag behind because you'll have the speed..." the illustration has a fun quilted pattern with bright blue and yellow and pink colors.
Another reason I liked how this story is because it included self-doubt by saying, “I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you” but it tells the reader that they will still succeed. I think this part of the story really helps put the central idea in perspective. This part of the book is also so relatable to children and adults because there may have been times where things did not go their way but that does not mean they have failed.
Finally, I love the central idea of this book because it is an important lesson for everyone. The central idea is to never give up no matter what may happen. Things will not always go your way but it is important to persevere in order to get where you want to be. This book starts out encouraging by saying that the reader is smart with “brains in your head” and continues to encourage this theme throughout the whole story. ( )
  marisasantos | Mar 6, 2017 |
This is a classic Dr. Seuss story adventure and achievement. In life you will face obstacles but if you believe in yourself you can do anything. The central message of this story is growing up and knowing that you can do anything you set your mind to. ( )
  ChristineConrad | Mar 2, 2017 |
This book was very inspirational and interesting to read. I adored this book because it tells its readers to keep going and to not give up when life gets hard. It makes the reader feel very powerful and optimistic about life and what will come. It talks about being ready for making decisions throughout life. What stood out to me the most that this book was made for children, however it speaks to everyone whether they are young or old. I feel like this book adresses aspects of life that everyone goes through. For instance, it talks about getting stuck and falling down but having the ability to pull yourself up and succeed. I also liked when it talked about getting to a "waiting place" in life in which everyone is just waiting on something. However, you will get out of the waiting place and find bright places. This book was very inspiring to read and amusing! ( )
  kristeen1995 | Mar 1, 2017 |
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This story is unbelievably heartwarming and encouraging. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is told as if the reader is the main character. This stylistic choice creates a personalized feeling for the reader and allows them to enter this world in a more direct way. Dr. Seuss writes, “…and YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go,” telling the reader that this book is about their own life and they may interpret it as they choose.
My favorite thing about this story is how honest it is. Dr. Seuss write about the highs in life, such as having endless choices and many different roads to take, but he also talks about the lows in life. He tells the reader that their life will not be without loneliness and dark times, but he also says that the reader will learn how to overcome the difficulties and get back on track. This is a great message for children to read about because it fills them with confidence and provides a sense of encouragement.
The illustrations in this book are simple and extremely colorful, sticking to Dr. Seuss’ signature style. The bright and bold colors are a subtle reminder of how colorful life can be sometimes. Even when the reader is experiencing times of trouble and uncertainty, the hints of color, like in the bright orange row boat or the vibrant blue house, remind the reader that hard times are temporary and better, brighter days are just around the corner.
The main themes of this book are adventure and excitement. No one can predict their future and Dr. Seuss writes about how wonderful that can be. He tells children that life has many paths and that they may end up on any one they so choose. The reader embarks on an adventure as they read this story. From finding the right path in town to rowing a boat in unknown waters, Dr. Seuss reminds the reader that life is uncertain, but the feelings of uncertainty are what make life an adventure. He also wants his readers to know that they are smart, strong and can move mountains.
 
e auteur heeft ook hier weer een stevig absurd verhaal gecreëerd dat je meesleept doorheen zijn wondere wereld, waarin je van de ene verbazing in de andere valt.
Het vertelstandpunt vanuit het jongetje dwingt je tot kiezen en meeleven. Zo leidt dit boek ook tot reflecteren en vertalen naar je eigen, herkenbare wereld.
De tekst op rijm is doordacht geconstrueerd en leest vlot.
De fantasierijke woordenschat wekt verwondering op en dwingt respect af.
En doordat het hoogst absurde, quasi-nonsens-gehalte gelinkt blijft aan de herkenbare realiteit, verlies je nergens het spoor.
De fantasierijke prenten in ouderwets aandoende kleuren versterken de tekst en vice versa. Te gekke figuren met een grote beweeglijkheid en overduidelijke expressies loodsen je doorheen de absurde, eigengereide wereld van Dr. Seuss, waarin het goed vertoeven is.
 
This is a great inspirational story that gives children hope for the future. Great to use at the end of the year.
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Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a story to help children with their rhyming skills. Throughout the story the main character is traveling to far and near places. He ventures into lands that all different. He gets scared one place, happy at another, and so on. The story is about how children should not be afraid of experiencing the world. In fact, after visiting new places you can gain appreciation for your home and how secure and known it is to you.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679805273, Hardcover)

Inspirational yet honest, and always rhythmically rollicking, Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a perfect sendoff for children, 1 to 100, entering any new phase of their lives. Kindergartners, graduate students, newlyweds, newly employeds--all will glean shiny pearls of wisdom about the big, bountiful future. The incomparable Dr. Seuss rejoices in the potential everyone has to fulfill their wildest dreams: "You'll be on your way up! / You'll be seeing great sights! / You'll join the high fliers / who soar to high heights." At the same time, he won't delude the starry-eyed upstart about the pitfalls of life: "You can get all hung up / in a prickle-ly perch. / And your gang will fly on. / You'll be left in a Lurch."

But fear not! Dr. Seuss, with his inimitable illustrations and exhilarating rhymes, is convinced ("98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed") that success is imminent. As long as you remember "to be dexterous and deft. And NEVER mix up your right foot with your left," things should work out. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

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Advice in rhyme for proceeding in life; weathering fear, loneliness, and confusion; and being in charge of your actions.

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