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When Dr. Seuss gets serious, you know it must be important. Published in 1971, and perhaps inspired by the "save our planet" mindset of the 1960s, The Lorax is an ecological warning that still rings true today amidst the dangers of clear-cutting, pollution, and disregard for the earth's environment. In The Lorax, we find what we've come to expect from the illustrious doctor: brilliantly whimsical rhymes, delightfully original creatures, and weirdly undulating illustrations. But here there is also something more--a powerful message that Seuss implores both adults and children to heed.
The now remorseful Once-ler--our faceless, bodiless narrator--tells the story himself. Long ago this enterprising villain chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba- loots, and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. ("It's a shirt. It's a sock. It's a glove. It's a hat.") As the trees swiftly disappear and the denizens leave for greener pastures, the fuzzy yellow Lorax (who speaks for the trees "for the trees have no tongues") repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Finally the Lorax extricates himself from the scorched earth (by the seat of his own furry pants), leaving only a rock engraved "UNLESS." Thus, with his own colorful version of a compelling morality play, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost--the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed! Our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future. (Ages 4 to 8)
Review, USA Today, April 22, 2008:
"The Lorax. . . has been a perennial favorite of kids and parents since it was published in 1971."
classic and beautiful and in great condition when it arrived thank youPublished 6 days ago by alicia
Rereading a Dr. Seuss book as an older adult was quite a treat. It never had as much impact when I was young. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Claudia Skelton
First book I ever read. OK it was a long time ago, decades. But my granddaughter love it too.Published 9 days ago by Phill Grounds
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This is such a great book!!! My daughter loves to read this book when we have our family read nights, and yet this book never gets old.Published 17 days ago by Daniel
Great book to teach about environmental issues, human interference with nature, and extinction. I use it on Dr. Seuss Day to teach ecology to my 7th graders, and they LOVE it!Published 19 days ago by Christine M Gallagher
Colorful and creative. What an imaginative way to approach consumerism and its impacts on the environmentPublished 20 days ago by Whimsical