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Why Oh The Places You'll Go! is a Must-Read Children's Book

Updated on March 24, 2016

A Great Place to Start Your Dr. Seuss Collection

This cleverly written book by Dr. Seuss is addressed to anyone who is heading out into the world.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."

Dr. Seuss takes our brains from leaving the nest, to our city, and then to the world where we find many paths and have to choose which one we are going to take.

"And you may not find any you'll want to go down In that case, of course you'll head straight out of town."

In the world, Dr. Seuss explains how we'll have successes and failures and how it's easy to fly high when you "have the speed" and how when you are in a slump "unslumping yourself is not easily done..."

Although Dr. Seuss never claims to have written with a moral compass in mind it's clear to see that the good doctor had been a few places, seen a few things, and been confused more than once or twice. He even tells us that occasionally, you'll get mixed up with "strange birds" as you go and isn't that the truth!

In "Oh The Places You'll Go" he takes children and adults of all ages through all of life's roller coasters. This book is a must read.

Whether used or new the best and most trusted place to get Dr. Seuss books is at Amazon and if you have children you should own all of them! I'll explain why down below.

So if your name is Stu, Blue, or Calamity Sue, make sure you have all of Dr. Seuss' books. "Ms. Susan Bock Dutter Docks Burklummer Snue" how about you?

I will post several of them so that you can easily find them.

Dr. Seuss Collection

As a parent of children ages 5,3, and 1, I highly recommend not owning just one or two of Dr. Seuss' books but all of them. They deserve the best when they are young.

Per Sean Brotherson,Family Science Specialist at NDSU, at age 3 children's brains are twice as active as they will be as an adult. While some would isolate their children with video games you should think twice about anything you put in front of them from the age of 3-12, the most crucial point of their social development.

Sean Brotherson goes on to say that:

"What children need most is loving care and new experiences, not special attention or costly toys. Talking, singing, playing and reading are some of the key activities that build a child's brain."

If you want your children to be smart and socially advanced, then make sure you expose them to the best programming and books available. It's more important than genetics!

Greatheart and the Brain Drain - Poem By Dr. Seuss

Besides his many fantastic books, Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel wrote many spectacular poems. Here is one I know you'll like.

Greatheart and the Brain Drain

Comfort me with cabbages
My brain's not screwed in tight
Help me plug my ears in case it
Wanders out of sight

With a cabbage in my left ear
And a corkscrew in my right
I forget about ontology
And sleep just fine at night

~Theodor S.Geisel

Many more poems were written by Dr. Seuss, if you like Dr. Seuss' books I recommend you read them all!

Dr. Seuss Pronunciation

At first Dr. Seuss insisted that his German name should be pronounced like "Soice". His colleague "Alexander Liang" wrote this clever poem about it.

You’re wrong as the deuce

And you shouldn’t rejoice

If you’re calling him Seuss

He pronounces it Soice

Later, Dr. Seuss realized it was better just to go with the pronunciation we all know and love. He always thought it helped people recognize him with children's books because it helped them relate him with "Mother Goose".

How Did Dr. Seuss Get His Name?

Most of us don't know that Dr. Seuss' real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.

So how did he come up with the name Dr. Seuss?  During his college years at Dartmouth Seuss was caught drinking gin.  At that time national prohibition laws prohibited drinking, As a result Dean Craven Laycock forced him to resign from all extracurricular activities, including his work as editor-in-chief for the humor magazine "Jack-O-Lantern".  To continue working on the magazine Theodor Geisel began to write under the pen name "Dr. Seuss". 

The Zode in the Road - By Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel

Did I ever tell you about the young Zode,
Who came to two signs at the fork in the road?
One said to Place One, and the other, Place Two.
So the Zode had to make up his mind what to do.
Well…the Zode scratched his head, and his chin and his pants.
And he said to himself, “I’ll be taking a chance
If I go to Place One. Now, that place may be hot!
And so, how do I know if I’ll like it or not?
On the other hand though, I’ll be sort of a fool
If I go to Place Two and find it too cool.
In that case I may catch a chill and turn blue!
So, maybe Place One is the best, not Place Two,
But then again, what if Place One is too high?
I may catch a terrible earache and die!
So Place Two may be best! On the other hand though…
What might happen to me if Place Two is too low?
I might get some very strange pain in my toe!
So Place One may be best,” and he started to go.
Then he stopped, and he said, “On the other hand
On the other hand…other hand…other hand though…”
And for 36 hours and a half that poor Zode
Made starts and made stops at the fork in the road.
Saying, “Don’t take a chance. No! You may not be
Then he got an idea that was wonderfully bright!
“Play safe!” cried the Zode. “I’ll play safe. I’m no dunce!
I’ll simply start out for both places at once!”
And that’s how the Zode who would not take a chance
Got no place at all with a split in his pants.

Reading 100 Books in 100 Weeks

Two weeks ago I told my wife and Mother-in-Law something so crazy they couldn't stop laughing at me.

"I'm going to read the 100 best business book of all time in 100 weeks".

My Mother didn't laugh she took a different, more health-minded approach.

"Just make sure you read those while you are on a treadmill", she said.

Here I am in week 2, finished with one book, and halfway through "McDonalds - Behind the Arches". Still no treadmill and everyone is still laughing.

Me - After receiving my first 10 books from Amazon.  What was I thinking?
Me - After receiving my first 10 books from Amazon. What was I thinking?

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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      This was a great book. I bought it years ago as a graduation gift for a high schooler. Thanks.

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      9 years ago from South Jersey

      Dr.Seuss books can be used to entice the new reader to read on their own. No matter which book the child masters they are always thrilled to be reading on their own. Great hub. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination and good luck on your reading challenge.

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      Alternative Prime 

      9 years ago from > California

      What a fun Hub!

      Dr. Seuss is an American Icon...The books are Unique and "WHO" doesn't read them? Excellent display of reading by this fantastic Author.

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      Rosie Rose 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Brandon, WOW! this is awesome. I love Dr. Zeus! When my kids were small, I think we must bought all of Dr. Zeus' books plus read them in the library. What a genius! Giving this thumbs up and awesome! I truly enjoy reading it.

      Congratulations for being nominated as a Hubnugget Nominee! I wish you the best.

      My hub "Walking can be hazardous to your health" is a nominee in the health category. Please read my hub and if you like it, I'd appreciate your vote.

      Thank you in advance,


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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You can imagine what a joy it was when out of the blue somebody came to our preschool and sold us lots of Dr. Seuss slightly used books. We bought most of them! LOL

      Ripplemaker's Merry Hubnuggets Announcement: Ho ho ho...The Book, Literature, Writing Nominees have been announced just recently! Congratulations! This hub is found in this category! To all who would like to support this hub, come follow this link and cast your vote!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Such a cool hub! Dr. Seuss was a genius! And congrats on your nomination.

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      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Enjoyed your hub. Interesting - I am from Orem although I now live in Hawaii. Great to meet you on Hubpages.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Rated Up anmd awesome!

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      Karen Wodke 

      9 years ago from Midwest

      I loved Dr. Seuss as a kid. Especially How the Grinch Stole Christmas.


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