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Oh, the Places You'll Go! Hardcover – Special Edition, January 22, 1990
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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
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-- The master of enjoyable didacticism offers a flight of fancy into the future of a generic "you" who is venturing out into the world, where he will have ups and downs but will succeed and finally "MOVE MOUNTAINS!" While doting relatives will find this extended greeting card an ideal gift for nursery school graduates, the story will have less appeal for children than Seuss' story books and easy readers. Seuss' characteristic drawings carry and extend the text through mazelike streets, over colorful checkerboard landscapes, into muddy blue "slumps," through heady highs when fame results from success at the game of life, and through dark, lonely confrontations with graveyard-like fears in times of solitude. While the text gives a strong message of self-determination and potential, the small, male "you" pictured seems more of a passive passenger on his journey through life, reacting to things as they come and walking along with his eyes shut on both the first and last pages of the text. Although this does not rank among the best of Seuss' books, its stress on self-esteem and imaginative artwork make it a good addition to picture-book collections. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This is the exact same quality, hardcover book (with dustcover!) but at half the price. Thanks, Amazon!
An inspirational read for all ages. This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. I love that this is a book for readers both young and old. Kids will enjoy the message geared towards them in this book, and adults will see the real message from Dr. Seuss. "TODAY is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way!"
This book is for adults or people who have graduated from some sort of secondary school, on their way to growing into adulthood.
I first received it when I left my position of 13 years to be transferred and promoted to another part of the country. It came from my staff. It was their way of acknowledging how far we'd all been together, and how much more I was going to be able to do with my heightened job status. They were right. Since that time, I think I've purchased the book 10-12 times that I can count, and all for people who were leaving from my career or home location, and off to see how they could grow and change. It's always a popular gift.... particularly, (gasp) if you annotate it with notes throughout, tying in Seuss predictions for an exciting future, to their own plans for a successful future.
An awesome gift... I keep my now 23 year old copy at my desk. Oh, the places I've gone.
Thought this might be a welcome hint before graduation season.
This book is one of my kids favorites as well.
Great hard cover and something my kids will have for many years after they move on with their lives.