Sentimental Sundays: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Shaakira Parker


I still remember my fifth grade teacher reading Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” We were graduating and moving on to the sixth grade, and it was the perfect story a teacher could read to a graduating class. Dr. Seuss’s book is about a boy who decides to leave town, and during his travels the narrator gives him advice and cheers him on. Dr. Seuss encourages children to keep moving forward and trying to succeed even when there are wrong turns and ups and downs.  He successfully captures both the scary and exciting nature of going out on your own or just moving from one grade to the next.  Many might say this book is for little kids, but I think it is perfect for any age, from toddlers to adults to graduating high school and college seniors. The words of Dr. Seuss that will always resonate with me are: “Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” Meaning you have to learn to balance work and play, and the joys and sorrows that are all a part of life. His message is one that can be received by everyone, and that is one of the things that I love about this children’s book.



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