Dr Seuss, Oh, the Places you’ll Go
Harper Collins, Children’s Books, 44p
How do you explain to children what life challenges are? Sometimes it is difficult even for adults to choose the so called good direction. How do you know when to give children the independence they need to experience and to grow? I think you can just infer the moment when they need you to explain something or just be there as the good example.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go is one of the most profound books written by Dr Seuss and can be used by children and parents as well as an initiating manual in all adventures of life, good or bad. For my daughter is has also been a short philosophy lesson because I had to explain some concepts but she understood the main idea – if she chooses the way up and never goes down she will be able to move mountains.
Seuss refers to life as a journey which everybody will take in his or her own way:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
The journey means leaving the town and exploring possibilities, illustrated in the book as geometrical places. The reader should always go up and be the best of the best, although there will be bumps and slumps. Seuss talks about good places with open air and good sights, bad places where it is dark and the reader can get confused and also about a place called The Waiting Place where everybody is waiting for something – a train, a fish to bite, a string of pearls etc. – but from where the explorer should leave as soon as possible. Life means taking action and not just waiting, facing the problems and not giving up.
I love to read books with princesses, and fairies, and happy endings but I think our children should also know about wicked fairies and bad queens and that succeeding means effort and a good positive mood. Failing, darkness and loneliness are part of our lives but accepting and understanding them means moving forward.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ per cent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
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