Theodore Geisel first used the penname Seuss during his senior year at Dartmonth College in the school’s humor magazine. Later as a professional magazine cartoonist, he began to sign his work as “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,” which he later shorted and carried over to his books. Today, the name Dr. Seuss is synonymous with children’s literature, and his timeless stories have been translated into multiple languages and are enjoyed around the world. For this reason and because one of his most famous characters, the Grinch, is so closely associated with this time of year, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to the works of Dr. Seuss.
“OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! /
OH, CÚAN LEJOS LLEGARÁS”
Publisher (English): Random House
Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications
ISBN-13: 978-0679805274 (English)
ISBN-13: 978-1880507056 (Spanish)
Dr. Seuss’s graduation speech has wisdom for youths starting out in the world whether they are nursery school, high school or college grads! Metaphoric in nature, the story explores concepts like “The Waiting Place” where people just wait around for anything from at pot to boil to a better break and flying hot air balloons being synonymous with success (as long as they stay flying). From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch or on "a pricklely perch," Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.