I’m Going to Start Here: Book Review

As a fond admirer of the writings of Dr. Seuss I was contacted and asked to read and review this story. There are many similarities to Oh, The Places You’ll Go but touch on a lot of key elements young people should hear as they are adulting and moving forward in life.

I’m Going to Start Here! Is a rhyming book in the fashion of a Dr. Seuss-type book. It explores some of the obstacles a young person will face when entering the world as an adult as well as giving encouragement for any of the efforts made in moving forward. It sends a positive message and can be a great read for anyone looking to advance on a new or broader path.  

Raye Springield has done a great job continuing the journey into adulthood that Dr. Seuss had begun. As an educator I found that all the points that Springield hits on are key ideas to talk to your son or daughter about as they begin adulting. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars for its positive message and encouraging words. Some of the rhyming patterns are inconsistent causing the flow of the reading to falter but this does not take away from the positivity the book is trying to convey. Additionally, the illustrations are like those of Dr. Seuss with their own original spin. I would recommend this book to anyone who might have some fear or resistance to that step forward in life.  


After twenty-five years, I’m Going to Start Here! is the delightful response to the very popular Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  Like that best-seller, this book appeals equally to the young, those in the middle and to the ones who do not accept that a number defines age. With humorous verse and vivid pictures, it encourages kids, and kids at heart, to step out and reach for the stars. I’m Going to Start Here! invites youon a journey that’s fun, upbeat and inspiring. And chances areyou’ll discover that indeed you already have within all you need to succeed in life. Now, everyone, get ready, get started and Come Fly with Me on this great adventure.

I’ll walk across that stage and go out with a bang.

I’ve learned my lesson. I’m ready to spread my wings.

          I have the power to make this life a stupendously, beautiful thing.


Raye Springfield is a writer, lawyer, and author of the children’s book, I’m Going to Start Here! For the young and those in between, it’s a book that encourages, inspires and motivates minds to strive for success. With humor and vivid pictures, this fun book will make kids of all ages eager to step out and reach for the stars. After decades writing legal documents, and opinions as administrative judge, she has now authored five books, pursuing her love of writing full-time. The first edition of her historical non-fictionis in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her children’s book, Raye is the author of The Legacy of Tamar: Courage and Faith in an African American Family, whichdocuments family history as well as Haywood County, Tennessee history,and 2nd edition, both published by The University of Tennessee Press; Treasure in Jars of Clay: 100 Quotes on Joy, Life & Love; and the latest, a novel, Sunday at Six. She lives in Nashville, is the mother of a son and daughter, and somehow inspired both to also become attorneys.


Title: I’m Going to Start Here!
Author: Raye Springfield 
Pub date- November 29, 2017
Publisher- Stonebrook Publishing
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION/Social Themes/Emotions & Feelings
JUVENILE FICTION/ Stories in Verse
Paperback- ISBN 9781532350207
# of Pages- 40
Amazon linkhttps://amzn.to/3prsVgV

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