Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

by Dr. Seuss


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Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! 

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.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679805274
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/22/1990
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 10,536
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

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.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

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."

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Oh, the Places You'll Go! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 245 reviews.
Book_Lover89 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great gift for some graduates. The one who will be receiving it from me has lead a somewhat bumpy and hard life so far. he has fallen off of the tracks a few times and lost he way. With some recent help, he has found his way back into the race of life and is actually graduating a year early from HS. My graduate takes gifts like these to heart and I know he will remember this one for years to come. Dr. Suess's words in this book are so inspiring for a boy like him. The Dr says it perfectly when he writes "You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care. About some you will say, 'I don't choose to go there.' With your head full of brains and your shoes fun of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street." These words touch home with this boy. His life has been full of choices, some that were not good ones. Now he has the knowledge and the brains to stear clear of these places and watch what he does and where he chooses to go. He has the knowledge to CHOOSE right and has the knowledge of what he should do. I know for a fact that if I got a dictionary or something of that sort, it would be used even less than a book like this. I know, because I got one and it is still sitting on my bookshelf and hasn't been opened since the day I got it. Students these days use the computer for everything they need, like looking up words in a electronic dictionary. It is so much easier and so much faster. All I am trying to say is: when looking at something, please look at all sides of the situation. What might be worthless to some, is the best gift others could get. The first thing that I felt when reading your review was that I spent weeks thinking of a really great gift for my graduate and that getting this was like getting him garbage; just something that he can throw away. When, in reality, it might be something that he keeps forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss, "The Places You'll Go" is a really great book. It has been around since I was a kid. I think everyone should read the book from the ages 2-to-120.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was great!!!!!!! loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a mother of a 3yr old daughter, who attends day care. It was brought to my attention that another mother is having her child's teachers sign a copy of Dr Suess, Oh the Places You'll Go! She intends to do this until her child graduates college w/o letting her child know it's being done. Then she is going to present it to the child upon graduation. I love this idea and the book and I am going to do it and maybe other parents may do it now too!
AnnemarieCA More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazingly pertinent read for all age levels - the message is timeless and ageless. It's funny, absorbing, and inspirational. The illustrations are eye-catching and colorful which children will appreciate. Reading and re-reading this to young children will show them your love, help develop their confidence, and inspire them. Though a child's book, it also makes an excellent 6th or 8th grade promotion gift or graduation gift from High School, College, or University, as it puts words to the feelings of love and confidence you have in the graduate. Or, read it for yourself for a shot of encouragement!
cjackson1481 More than 1 year ago
In today's economy, this book has a whole new life. Although written for the new graduate finding his/her way into the world, I turned to it when I lost my job and had to face the challenges and fears of finding a new career in my 50s. "And when you're in a Slump,/you're not in for much fun./Un-slumping yourself/is not easily done." I've just sent a copy to my sister who's will also enjoy this encouraging story from the master tell himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought two of these books to give to my daughter and her best friend for high school graduation. They loved their Dr. Seuss books when they were kids and they are going to love this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Dr. Seuss' best. A great way for upper level student to remember the joy of Seuss and to hear a positive message of life. That it does not matter what you do, but that you beleive in yourself and work hard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son just graduated high school and he was the Salutatorian of his class. He used 'Oh, The Places You'll Go' for his valediction. He used excerpts, of course, but it was wonderful and everyone from students, teachers,parents and grandparents loved it! His paternal grandmother gave him the hardback edition for one of his graduation gifts, which will be a keepsake for him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about life, and for any age of reader. I received it as a highschool graduation gift from a friend and as I read through it, it brought tears to my eyes because it has a REAL impact, (for being classified as a childrens book.)The words were very inspiring to me. I would recommend it to anyone from ages 3 to 99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Ordered for my Grand daughter. Her mom has it put up and each year she will take it to the school at the end of the year to get all her teachers to sign and write something small in it. This will become a graduation gift after she graduates from high school. For more comments and reviews… http://www.storebit.com/books/oh-the-places-you-ll-go-by-dr.-seuss-hardcover/
LaurieWM More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for people of all ages. At any [point they are embarking on a new phase in life, Dr Seuss' words ring true. Gotta love the Seuss!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
A good, interesting read.
Alene More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book, and bought the special edition for my kindergartener's teacher to sign (and will have other teachers do the same each year through to graduation). I was excited to see the extra pages included in this book, but didn't realize they were "guided" pages, not just blank. So there are boxes to sign in, notes that can be written, etc. I wish I had done my research prior to purchasing, and that the pages were just blank. Also, the green "B&N exclusive" sticker, but I don't think I'll be able to without ruining the cover paper. Obviously, these things do not change the meaning of the text/messages, but I'll have to get creative to ensure everyone has a place to sign, and the cover looks nice when we give it to her in 2025 :). Overall, though, a great book!
psa433 More than 1 year ago
Someone suggested I do this for my daughter and it's exactly what I intend to do: buy the book and have significant people in their lives write a personal note in the book. Then give the book to the graduate filled with encouragement from school teachers, Sunday school teachers, coaches, family members. It becomes so much more than a book - it's personal and inspirational. Love this idea and hope others will too. My daughter is 4 now and I plan on having her teachers from 3K and 4K start it off.
LeechLA More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my 3 yr. old girl & intend to read it to her as often as possible. This book teaches life's lessons in a very entertaining fashion. Also bought it for my 5 nieces & nephews!
lovespiano More than 1 year ago
Even though my son graduated from HS a few years ago, he wanted this book,as his English teacher read it to his senior class. He said the story fit very well for graduation and young people getting out on their own. I gave it to him for his birthday and he was very pleased with it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
We go so many places in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tmarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Dr. Seuss, a wonderful book for anyone beginning a new journey or ending an old one!
Amabel300 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was given this book after highschool graduation and I cried like a baby. Now, I read this book to my 4 year old my eyes will swell up. The places you'll go, indeed.
cassie.lee.irwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Media: WatercolorGenre: FantasyReview: This is a wonderful example of a fantasy book because the setting and events are made to be believable but in reality the places do not really exist. As the boy is trying to find his way in life he experiences a couple bumps and bruises but eventually ends up "moving mountains." This book is written in rhyme.
KaleyHarper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:Dr. Seuss uses wonderful words tot ell the reader to "Be careful deciding on where to go." The places in the book are exciting and readers wish to travel to those places too.Personal:I love this book. I have a well-worn copy of this from one of my long-time friends. She and I exchanged copies at graduation, where the world was at our fingertips.Classroom:1. I would have show and tell over the student's favorite places to visit. They would discuss what they did, and how it affected them.2. In a journal entry, I would have them describe their perfect place, whether it was real or not. They would describe what they could do, the sights that they saw, and why they picked this place.
LeilaniKTaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book of rhymes will take you on a journey of life. It talks about venturing out further and traveling and everything that you experience during that journey of happiness, to be alone, to getting yourself out of a rut back to making things happen, back to lonliness, and back to being on the go. I thought it could be very encouraging to anyone, not just children, but written on a level for children to understand that ups and downs are normal. My favorite part was that it not only talked about positive things in life, but also about how the bad times come and go, then come back again, but you have to make them go again, and it did not sugar coat it. It was clear that the bad times will be bad and its okay to stay there a while, but that you have to make yourself get out of that bad place so that you do not stay there forever. I thought that was a really good point for children to hear but also in a not so harsh way to hear it. Children can journal about where they want to travel, and also discuss how they will get themselves out of dark places. This may be a good introduction to get kids to journal about any dark places they are in at the present, and talk about how they feel and how they are handling their negative situations.