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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You'll Go! Stanza 2 Summary

You Are the Decider

  • Look at your kid! They're not scared at all. They have "brains in [their] head" and "feet in [their] shoes," and they can do whatever they want. 
  • Just stop for a moment and think about what this might mean to a child. Have they always dreamed of eating pizza for breakfast, but stupid daaaaad forces them into whole grain toast with natural peanut butter for a little protein boost? 
  • Sorry sugarless peanut butter, there's a new boss in town, and they've decided on pizza. Does your child want to play on the jungle gym when they want to, not when mooooom has finished up "paying the bills"? No problem. 
  • Does your child think it's perfectly reasonable to expect to be an astronaut one day and a professional basketball player the next? No one's stopping them now.
  • They're free now. Free to be whatever they want. No wonder they're a happy guy (or girl) as they skip down the road!
  • Alert! Rhyme break. Do you see all the rhyming that's happening here? The second and the fourth line rhyme ("shoes" and choose") as do the two lines in that last little couplet ("know" and "go"). If you don't know what a couplet is, just look at the word: couplet. They're a couple (two) of lines that come one after the other. This is a rhyme scheme Dr. Seuss uses throughout the story.
  • What do you think of the rhyme so far? We think it makes the whole thing feel so easy and exciting.

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