Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Picture Books from the Past: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”

In this classic story by the fantastic Dr. Seuss, the triumphs and trials of life are clearly portrayed in a way that a younger audience can understand. It begins with the narrator praising the main character who turns out to be the reader. The story goes on to show the great successes that one will have but then points to the realization that sometimes, things don’t always work out the way we hope.

Published in 1990, this book is a fantastic gift for any child or for someone about to graduate high school or college because they are entering into a new chapter of their life. The message is motivating but also realistic.

“Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t.”

It recognizes that no one is perfect and everyone, whether they are five-, fifteen-, or fifty-years-old has hard times when they do not succeed. You will go through “Bang-ups and Hang-Ups,” but in the end “you will succeed!” The overall message of the story is encouraging however, and promotes the need to pursue your dreams and desires and to never give up.

The illustrations are nothing short of extraordinary. Thehwhimsical nature and bright colors certainly draw the eye of the reader. They are wonderful two page spreads that draw the reader’s eye from left to right. The text of the story does not impede on the illustrations or vice versa. The classic rhyming of Dr. Seuss’s language adds an upbeat tempo that carries the reader through the story. Young children will absolutely love the rhythmical nature and with it, be able to gain valuable life lessons.

Overall, this is a fantastic book for readers of all ages and remember… “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!”

For activities visit the Seussville website!

To view a reading of the book click here!

Happy Reading!


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