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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

by Dr. Seuss
 Table of Contents

Oh, the Places You'll Go! Theme of Disappointment

Famous explorer Marco Polo once said, "Lo! Have I traveled Asia far and wide in my golden chariot, ne'er having encountered so much as a flat tire. And so my name will be used by sightless children in pools to amuse themselves in uncomplicated glory." Don't ask us why Marco Polo talked like a pilgrim. He was quite the character. The point is, Polo knew that there are no ups without any downs. And Oh, the Places You'll Go! certainly has its downs, a fact easily spotted in both the illustrations and the words. There are two main disappointment sections—one when the balloon gets snagged and the other when the whole ball-kicking career doesn't work out—and they lead directly to another universal theme—fear of the unknown.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: How come no one helps him down from that prickle-ly perch?
A: Some things, kiddo, are a one-man job.

Q: How come the people in the Waiting Place do nothing but wait?
A: Hmm. Good question. I bet they're a little scared, and sometimes when you're scared, it's easier to just wait for something to happen to you, rather than to go out and make decisions. Does that sound like a good idea to you?

Q: What does it mean when the story says, "Sometimes you will play against you"?
A: Life lesson alert! Sometimes we're our own worst enemy.

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