Dr. Seuss' "Oh The PLaces You'll Go!"

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A book Review of Dr. Suess’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! There once was a study that found that a person develops all of his or her values by the time he or she is five years old. How amazing! Before a child even enters kindergarten, he or she has already learned the most formative lessons of life. Indeed, one thinks of a child at four and a half years old and can have a pretty good idea of what her values will be. She will value family and education. She will love animals and the outdoors. And she will know that she has the power to be anything she wants to be. She will treasure this last value in part because she is told by everyone around her that she will be able to do anything she wants to, and in part because she has been read a very important book. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess is that book. It is a lesson in verse about the ups and downs of life. It is a lesson that needs to be taught not only to children under the age of five, but to people of all ages because in its wisdom and clever verse it encourages the reader (or listener) to pursue life with energy and optimism. Dr. Suess is one of the best-loved children’s book writers of the twentieth century. Yet, teens and adults enjoy his books every bit as much as young children, perhaps even more. Dr. Suess wrote many books and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is not one of the more popular or best known among them. For example, if a person were to ask a friend to name his favorite Dr. Suess book, he would be very likely to answer, “Green Eggs and Ham,” or “The Cat in the Hat,” or even one of the Horton books. Although Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is not often the first answer, it is still very popular and well-loved. After all, this week, the week of May 21, 2000, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! holds the number seven spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for Independent Bookstores and is the

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