The Graduates

Title: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Author: Dr. Seuss

Rank: 56

Blurb: “You can get all hung up / in a prickle-ly perch. / And your gang will fly on. / You’ll be left in a Lurch.”

Review: “I cringe every time my son (4yrs old) has me read him this book. I hate it. The basic premise — if you don’t like where you are, get up and leave it all behind for great adventure, and when that doesn’t work out, you’ll have to figure it all out for yourself and then you’ll be back at it, unless that doesn’t work out… etc. The premise is not only flawed, it runs counter to everything I’d like him to learn: that he is surrounded by love and the support of his family and friends, and that when the going gets tough he shouldn’t just leave town; he should learn to value trusted relationships to help him overcome challenges. The book has no sense of family, love, or other type of support, and while it does say ‘kid, you’ll move mountains’ it forgets to say ‘kid, you’re well-grounded and loved’ and that is a fatal error by Seuss. Also, the language (complex — ‘dexterous and deft’) is not suitable for young readers.”

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Footnote: Seems early for Graduation Season, doesn’t it? Then again, Obama gave a commencement speech Saturday, so what do we know.

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review of reviewers:
you suck.
not every kid has parents who aren’t on crack and are “well grounded and loved.” teaching a kid he can make it regardless of circumstance is a valuable lesson, you moron.
complex vocabulary? i shudder from you.
all i can hope for is your children aren’t home schooled, but even in the likelihood they are, will still end up serial killers or politicians.
life is a ride, not a bubble.

Complex for the kid or complex for the reviewer? I’m guessing both.

It’s not like family and friends can be their own kind of hell at times. The reviewer sounds a bit like my mom (the bits on family) except for the “complex” language bit.

that’s funny…obvs complex for the reviewer.

this does NOT sound like my insane mom. she was more of a “throw her in the pool, she’ll swim” kinda gal. which i guess is why this reviewer pissed me off. guess what. the water’s fine and i had a lot more help from the good doctor than i did from mommy dearest.
thankfully, i had other loving family that did their best to keep her away from me, which was amazingly easy…oh, the places i’ve been !!!

I’m guessing that reviewer’s kid will end up like the helicopter-parented students I saw at Big State University, who couldn’t figure out how to find the bathroom without calling mommy and daddy. Somehow these types equate total dependence with “love and support.” They aren’t doing the kid any favors.
I went to college halfway across the country from my family when I was 15 years old, and leaving where I was because I hated it and was being smothered was the best thing I ever did.

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