The Dr Seuss classic childhood book, Oh, The Places You'll Go! has the distinction of becoming a book associated with students, all through their educational experiences. Kids learn to read with Dr Seuss books, and Oh, The Places You'll Go, is often read to groups of students at transitional stages, such as moving-up to the next school and school graduations.
Overview of Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is the last Dr Seuss book, that was published while the author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, was still alive.
Random House published Oh, the Places You'll Go! in 1990.
The story-line The story is about a nameless character, which is why, readers instantly related to the child, and can imagine themselves as the main character going on a journey. The character is traveling though a Seussville town, and as readers travel with him, they are invited to reflect on the nature of different journeys. The transition of journey Oh, the Places You'll Go! is based on moving forward through journeys, both literal and metaphorical, with hopeful expectations, instead of looking back and worrying about what is lost or gone.
Popularity The book begins with, "Congratulations! Today is your day," which is why, it is so popular to read at graduations, and at traditional moments of transitions.
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Use of different quotes
Like Horton Hears a Who quotes and The Cat in the Hat quotes, Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a Seuss book, that is highly quoted.
In the musical Seussical!, quotes from the Oh, the Places You'll Go! are used when Jo Jo is lost, and needs to find his way home.
Lines of re-assurance Some of the lines used in Suessica, and in graduation ceremonies include the lines of re-assurance, that even in moments of doubt, the main character in the story, who is also the reader, can be confident in his abilities. In fact, Doctor Seuss says that success is '98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.'
Different editions Oh, the Places You'll Go! has multiple editions, including a pop-up book, a
hard-cover book, and a paper-book. There are special graduation editions, a blank journal inspired by the books. Quotes from Oh, the Places You'll Go! are found on greeting cards, picture frames, and mugs.