Poetry for Youth


Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Bibliographic information:

Seuss, Dr. (1990). Oh, the Places You’ll Go! New York: Random House Children’s Books

Plot description:

The journey of life is explored, illustrated, explained in this incredible book. It is about choosing your own path. It’s about what happens after you pick a route. How some good things happen or some not so great things happen. There are obstacles to overcome and things to accomplish either are whatever you decide.

Quantitative Reading Level:

Lexile: AD600L

Suggested Age:5 – 17

Qualitative Reading Analysis:


Second person narrative starting with a new day with colorful two-page illustrations and traditional Dr. Seuss rhyming/rhythmic verse and format.

Language demands:

For younger readers made up names may need explanation or pronunciation, “Hakken-Kraks”. Also some more complex words, “dexterous and deft”.

Knowledge demands:

Most readers will have an understanding of the ups and downs in life and choosing a path and the varied outcomes otherwise it is also a great explanation of how life can be experienced.


Inspiration and guidance for young and old to keep moving forward in life.

 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! doesn’t match the quantitative level for the suggested reader age range. Fifty six pages is a long book for age 5. Even though there are some pages with only a few words I would recommend middle school readers and beyond.  

Content Area:


Content Area Standard:

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.


Curriculum suggestions:

This book has been suggested to be gifted to graduates and retirees so individuals can benefit from this book for inspiration and guidance. Class projects are plentiful for this book, such as sharing what each person aspires to be in the future.

Links to supporting digital content:

Pinpointing Main Themes – Groupwork

Divide students into five groups, and hand each group a note card that contains one of the following lines from the book:

  • I Don’t Choose to Go There
  • Bang-Ups and Hang-Ups Can Happen to You
  • Everyone is Just Waiting
  • You’ll Be Famous as Famous Can Be
  • All Alone!


“Not only do Dr. Seuss’s imaginative stories make reading and learning fun, they also spark lively discussions about subjects as varied as conservation, racism, greed, perseverance, and self-discovery. These guides will help you think of fun and interesting ways for your students to learn about Dr. Seuss’s world and their own.” http://www.seussville.com/activities/OTP_ClassroomDiscussion_0.pdf




Choosing the right path in life, obstacles, and inspiration.

Personal thoughts:

I haven’t read a Dr. Seuss book that I have gotten very attached to until this book. Immediately after reading I had to get and give this book to my oldest son. He is a college sophomore and this year he will turn 20. He is still in the early stages of choosing his path and experiencing a lot of what Seuss illustrates and explains in this book. I want my son to  know “Life’s a Great Balancing Act” and to  keep moving mountains.


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