One of my very favorite authors to read to my kids, as well as to have read to me when I was a child, was Dr. Seuss. Pretty much anything Dr. Seuss had me mesmerized. Did you know he wrote and illustrated more than 60 children’s books? I ended up buying a book that has a collection of 13 of them. The story I picked to share about today is “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”
It’s easy to see why this book has become quite a popular book to be given to graduating high school seniors.
As children, especially once we reach our teen years, we look forward to the day when we get to make all our decisions on our own without parents telling us what we need, ought, or should do. When we finally get to that point, and step out into the big world, it’s often a shock to realize it looks a little different than we had imagined.
In perfect Dr. Seuss fashion, this book poetically shares all the wonderful dreams we have for ourselves, being brainy, flying high, being the best, and topping the rest… “except when we don’t, because sometimes we won’t.”
I love his, oh so, accurate depictions of the slumps and the waiting places in life. They are not only colorful, but also realistic. What a good reminder for all of us that these times are just part of life.
Life is full of ups and downs, fun and slumps, winning and waiting. It includes loneliness and scary times that push us to be brave and keep going. And will we succeed?
We will indeed, “98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.”
This is a fabulous book, not only for high school graduates, but for little people to teach them that life will not always be a fairy tale, in a fun way of course. And even for us adults, to remind us that the way life is going is exactly the way it is meant to be with all the glorious pitfalls and victories!
You can find the book I purchased here to add to your library:
Or watch a fun video retelling of this story here: