KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

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I know I’m a day late but this post is to belatedly wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and to say a heartfelt thanks for writing my Most Favourite Book In The World Ever. Yes, dear reader, in this instance those capitals are necessary.

What book am I talking about? Why, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”, of course.

I first came across this book when I bought it for my Darling Daughter, who is now approaching her sixteenth birthday.

I had no idea what impact the book would have on me when I took it to Ottakers’ (remember them?) till. Just another fun book to read together, some rhyming prose and humorous pictures for us to share.

And then I began to read.

If there is any other more life-affirming, positive-thinking, kick-up-the-arse book out there, I’ll eat my hat. I really will.

“Congratulations!” – and that’s just the first word. I’m feeling better already. I’m reading more of this.

“With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”

The most brilliantest of lines. This so makes me love Dr. Seuss. Then I read on.

“Wherever you go, you will top all the rest”. Yay – good times ahead for me!

“Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.”

Erm, excuse me?

Here is where the true brilliance of this book kicks in. Seuss gives us a reality check. Yes, you’re great, you should believe in yourself, but sometimes, well sometimes…

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.”

Yes, children, life can be scary sometimes. We can often get lost, have no idea how we got to where we are or where we are heading. And the cutesy-horrific illustrations used to portray this are really spot on, childish enough to appeal to his younger audience yet scary enough for adults to understand them too.

He goes on to show us that life can be a series of ups and downs that we will experience sometimes with friends, sometimes alone. But the overriding message from this book is hope and self belief.

If they prescribed this book on the NHS, we’d be a happier nation.

I sometimes think that part of our national low mood is because we have parents telling us we are great and ill-preparing us for obstacles. We have a high dependency on drugs and alcohol and are continually searching for the ‘quick fix’ to happiness. If we were, instead, prepared to weather out the bad times and work towards the sun coming out again, we’d be a more contented species. All in my humble opinion, of course.

So, go buy this book, read it, keep it, buy copies for all those you hold dear and remember the words of Dr. Seuss.

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!


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5 Comments

  1. Rachel
    Mar 3, 2011

    A great recommendation on World Book Day! I’ve just ordered it for Thing 1, 2 and 3 – Thank you Nettie x

  2. Ann Patey
    Mar 3, 2011

    The more I read your writing the bigger fan I’m becoming. I love your style and so agree with the sentiments above. I loved Dr Seuss and never really thought about why. Now I know and it makes me want to read his books all over again !

    • nettiewriter
      Mar 3, 2011

      That is quite the nicest thing anyone has said to me in a very long time. Thank you so, so much xxx

  3. alberta ross
    Mar 3, 2011

    don’t know this one – must track it down if I can – I read DrSeuss to kids I looked after in the early 70s and really enjoyed them – this sounds even better than those few.

  4. Ruth Fanshaw
    Mar 4, 2011

    I am now going to buy this book. This moment. From Amazon. 🙂

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