Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the very best 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, at the same time as 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!
Inspirational yet honest, and at all times rhythmically rollicking, Oh, the Places You’ll be able to 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 able to be on your way up! / You’ll be able to be seeing great sights! / You’ll be able to sign up for the high fliers / who soar to high heights.” At the same time, he may not delude the starry-eyed upstart about the pitfalls of life: “You’ll be able to get all hung up / in a prickle-ly perch. / And your gang will fly on. / You’ll be able to 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. So long as you take into account that “to be dexterous and deft. And NEVER mix up your right foot with your left,” things must work out. (All ages) –Emilie Coulter
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