Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

One of my favourite things about being a parent is revisiting all my old beloved children’s books. In particular I used to love reading Enid Blyton and Dr. Seuss. When my children were born I couldn’t wait to introduce them to The Cat in The Hat and The Magic Faraway Tree.

Dr. Seuss’ children’s books came about in 1954 when he was tasked with writing a book that children couldn’t put down, using no more than 250 words from a list of 348 deemed to be the most recognisable words for first grade school children. The result was The Cat in the Hat. It contained 236 words from the list and his unique motion-depicting cartoon characters. What a result!

Recently when I was again reading ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ (I don’t think any children were even present at the time) what struck me were the key themes of Personal Responsibility, Decision Making, Motivation, Persistence and Determination that run through the book. Reading it was very uplifting and I would highly recommend picking up a copy for a light hearted, quick dose of inspiration.


Here’s a little taster……….

‘Congratulations! Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!

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 you go.’

And he finishes with………

‘And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed!

(98 ¾ per cent guaranteed.)’

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Pretty good odds!

So, for a bit of light hearted inspiration pick up a copy of Dr. Suess – Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Now on to The Magic Faraway Tree with Moon-Face and Saucepan Man!

Happy Reading,


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