Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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

I don't normally review multiple books in one day, but since March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday I wanted to review a couple of our favorite Dr. Seuss books before the end of the day.

I just posted a review for One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  Another of our favorites is Oh, the Places You'll Go!


ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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

MY REVIEW:

This book has a grown-up message in the form of a story that kids will love!  My daughter received this book as a gift when she graduated from Kindergarten.  Although the message was bigger than what she could really grasp at the time, the story is filled with emotion that kept her interested with each turn of the page.  From the excitement of seeing new sights to the slumps of reality to escaping the Waiting Place to being alone and then hiking on to success!  In a children's story, Dr. Seuss challenges readers in any walk of life to push on through the hard times because we all have the potential to move mountains.  It is an inspirational book no matter how old (or young) you are.

"Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act."

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!