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Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Read & Play - Dr. Seuss

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Solid reading options, OK games, abstract themes.

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While the reading features are strong, there's some mismatch, as this book is more often a gift for high school and college graduates, but the embedded games are all for little kids. The games and puzzles focus more on fine motor skills than on reading comprehension and seem more geared toward the early elementary set, but the story itself has few characters and focuses much more on the harsh realities of growing up. Some of the imagery can be a little scary, and some of the ideas -- that sometimes you will be alone, that sometimes you will fail -- might be a little unsettling or just too abstract for more sensitive young readers. It's not bad to talk to little ones about overcoming obstacles, but keep in mind that this story's powerful message may land best with a caring adult reading along, adding context, and making the story's broad statements a little more concrete. It's also possible kids will get lost in the games that interrupt the story, so parents may want to encourage kids to read through before going back to play the games.

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