Jul 2, 2012

"Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss and My Childhood

I think both of my parrents where quite radical when they raised me as a child. I learnt reading from Dr. Seuss's Book. While in the United States Dr. Seuss is a common childrens book but that is not usual for Indonesian kids.

Here is one of the quotes from Dr. Seuss's Book
"You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.You're on your own. And you know what you know.And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go. 

(Dr. Seuss in "Oh, the Places You'll Go!")

These few sentences means a lot of things. It means that everyone, must decide their own choices, control their own lives and not anyone else. For some parents, when a child decides to choose his/her own choices it means that their child is a rebel. In some families, this is not a value encouraged. However, my parents did actually educate me about the idea of choosing one's own path from a very young age.

Anyway, some people don't realize that childrens books are very important and they can affect  a child, even until s/he grows up. Maybe you can stop by this website  and read about "Tales for Little Rebels : Radical Politics in Famous Childen Books" . Happy reading!

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