Element Description Example(s)
 

Theme

 

 

The general theme of this book is that the reader has the ability to do anything they desire no matter what obstacles they may face. This is demonstrated repeatedly in the book. An example of this theme is the well-known quote, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”
 

Setting

 

 

The setting of this book can change depending on who reads it. Based on the illustrations in the book, this book is set in Dr. Seuss’s world of bright colours and fantastical creatures. The time of this book is also primarily affected by the age of the reader but is also set to be the time of growth or graduation. An example of this is the first paragraph in the book, “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”
 

Plot

 

 

The plot of the story follows the main character in the illustrations through many adventures, good and bad, boring and fun. An example of this is the quote, “On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.”
 

Characterization

 

 

This Dr.Seuss book uses the reader as the primary character throughout the book. Dr.Seuss also uses an illustration that goes on the adventure. The illustration is also not specified as male or female which allows everyone to identify with the illustration. An example of this is, “Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.”
 

Style

 

 

The style that Dr.Seuss uses is rhyming and a very rhythmic/sing-song cadence. An example is “It’s opener there in the wide open air”
 

POV

 

 

The point of view of this story is of the narrator/writer/Dr.Seuss. An example of this is, “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.”
  1. What do you think makes a children’s book good?
  • I think a good children’s book is made with illustrations and shorter paragraphs to keep children’s attention. A good children’s book also includes good role models because young minds are quite moldable/malleable.

 

  1. In the slides, we talk about books creating a “safe zone”. What does this mean to you?
    • Books creating a “safe zone” means absolutely everything to me as someone who suffers from intrusive thoughts. Books grant me an escape from my mind where I can experience worlds with amazing adventure.
  1. What are some common misconceptions about children’s books?
    • Some misconceptions are that all children’s books need to be colourful and/or have a moral.
  1. What are some classic themes for stories?
    • Friendship, respect, kindness, acceptance, adventure, and family.
  1. Were you able to name some of the popular characters?
    • I was able to name almost all of the popular characters.
  1. Think of your favourite childhood book. What was the setting? Did it stand out to you for any reason (Magic School Bus)?
    • My all time favorite book was and still is Alice in Wonderland. The setting of Alice in Wonderland is in Victorian England as well as Wonderland. This book stood out to me because it normalizes being “different”.

 

Citation

S., Dr. (1990). Oh, the places you’ll go! US: Random House Children’s Books.

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