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TRUAX by Terri Birkett (1994 Softcover 20 page booklet. Written in the same style as Dr. Seuss' LORAX, TRUAX is published as a defense of logging trees.) Paperback – 1994


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association (1994)
  • ASIN: B0019HI9LK
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Schertz on December 7, 2010
I use this book in my high school level AP Environmental Science classes. It is a great tool to provide alternative points of view, yet also to point out bias in publications. It is a poorly written and flawed book, but I like it that way, because that's what makes it a useful tool for developing critical thinking skills. I would NOT recommend it for young children or for students not cognitively ready to tackle the bias presented. It is important to provide alternative points of views to a lot of issues--not just environmental issues in education, but also develop high level reasoning skills.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Millhoff on February 28, 2012
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An unintentionally-ironic, simple-minded manifesto for simple-minded anti-environmentalists who can't see Dr. Seuss's classic The Lorax as anything other than a threat to clear-cutting and corporate rapaciousness.

I bought this as a joke for my brother, to accompany The Lorax, a gift to my nephew.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on March 23, 2012
This book is an abomination! It did keep me laughing--every page as I saw how ridiculous and pathetic their arguments were. For those of you who haven't heard of this book before--I envy you--it's a parody of Dr. Seuss's the Lorax. In the classic Dr. Seuss book, a little boy learns from the Once-ler the story of some sort of cloth called Thneeds and how a forest was cleared for the production of these thneeds. It is a comically written and fantastic story that actually has a deep lesson at the end: the environment is a fragile thing, and we shouldn't allow corporate greed to destroy it. That is "The Lorax."

Now onto the Truax. Of course, Dr. Seuss's book speaking against corporate greed was greatly opposed by... corporate greed! A hardwood-floor company whose name I don't recall and won't bother to recall was outraged at--God forbid!--people wanting to PROTECT the woodlands and animals who live in them. Thus this ridiculos parody was born. It is written in verses similar to Dr. Seuss's rhymes, although far inferior. The poetry is clunky, awkward, and not very pleasant to read. And unlike the Lorax, it has no storyline. It's just the Truax and the Guardbark arguing back and forth.

But worst of all are the arguments! This book was basically written as follows: Th truax is a logger, cutting down trees, when the Guardbark (personifying environmentalism) appears. Of course, as this is made by the logging company, the Guardbark is a furious, stomping, sputtering character. portrayed as an ignorant adn raging idiot looking for a fight, and the Truax as a virtuous, clever, and poetic kind man who just wants to point out the truth. Ha, yeah right. Most ridiculous and infuriating of all were the Truax's far-fetched arguments. Get a load of this, ladies and gentlemen.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beecroft on March 9, 2011
Great. Dr. Seuss's moving and prescient environmental classic, rewritten by a shill for the logging industry - only with cringe-worthy illustrations and uncreative, barely readable verse. A shining example of self-serving, cynical propaganda made all the more loathsome by its attempt to target little kids.
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