Oh The Places You'll Go read for you - A wonderful story by Dr. Seuss.
Oh the places you'll go is a story that I often read to children when I am working with them and their parents and I wanted people to be able to hear the story read at any time.
It's a very famous story and in fact in even featured in the sitcom Friends. In the episode "The one where Rachael finds out" Joey gives the book to Rachael as a birthday present. So, if you are wondering..."What book did Joey give Rachael in Friends for her birthday?" this is the Dr Seuss book that he gave her as a gift.
There are lots of American voices reading this wonderful story, but I couldn't find any where the story is read with an English accent, and as that is where I am from I thought I would read it for you. I hope you enjoy listening.
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What is Oh The Places You'll go about?
So, it's a book written and illustrated by children's author Dr. Seuss. It was first published by Random House on January 22, 1990. It is his last book to be published during his lifetime. The book concerns the journey of life and its challenges. Though written in the style of classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! has many specific characters including a narrator and the reader. A young boy, referred to simply as "you", initiates the action of the story. However, the presence of a main character helps readers to identify with the book. It is written in second person and uses future tense.
On the Teaching Children Philosphy website there is some useful informaion written by By Danielle Perris and Lindsay Romanic
https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/OhThePlacesYoullGo There are lots of ideas that you can explore with children on what it means to them and what lessons we can learn from this book too.
"Dr. Seuss’s children’s book Oh the Places You’ll Go raises the question about the theory of individualism vs. communitarianism. The book uses the phrase “The brains in your head, the feet in your shoes” as a metaphor for the skill, abilities, and knowledge one has to help them succeed within a new life phase, for example graduation. Dr Seuss also discusses the moments within a new phase where there will be struggles and difficulties and at times, you will be stuck in “the waiting place.” The “waiting place” is where you may be waiting for opportunities to come or preparing for these new opportunities. This story raises questions about how we get the “brains in our head and the feet in your shoes.” Are we able to develop the skills, abilities, and knowledge on our own or do we need the help of others and our society? Is it possible for us, as individuals, to create our own opportunities, or do we need other’s help in order to pull us out of the “waiting place?” Furthermore, it could be argued that our skills, abilities, and knowledge are a product of our individual nature. However, if we are a product of our society, then it could be argued that we need our society to help us through new life phases. Although we live within a community, it is easy to feel as though you are alone. An individual’s identity may been seen as a product of their relationships with others or it may be viewed as just an individual nature that one has chosen out of their own free will."
You can get the book by Dr. Seuss from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2HeJA4Q