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Is this book Dangerous? A Review of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax,
This review is from: The Lorax (Classic Seuss) (Hardcover)
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax is a fantastic story by one of the most lovable, creative children's books authors ever. In the story, Seuss presents a statement concerning the environment in his own original way. Of course, the book would not be complete without those witty rhymes and colorful illustrations. The Lorax "speaks for the trees" and tries to save the Truffula trees from the greedy Once-ler. The Lorax protects the trees and all the creatures that inhabit them. When the Once-ler comes and desires to cut down the Truffula trees, the Lorax tries to stop him, but he fails. The Once-ler cuts down every last Truffula tree, pollutes the environment, and drives all the creatures, including the Lorax, off the land. The story does end on a positive note, but to learn what it is, you must read the book for yourself.
Because The Lorax was first published in 1971, it is easy to believe that the story is referring directly to the environmental movement of the 1960's. The story clearly illustrates the themes of conservation, love, and respect for the land. The author grabs the reader's attention in the beginning of the story by starting in the future and then narrating the past. The reader sees the death and bareness of the land first and then learns the causes for the current state of the environment. Seuss approaches the subject in a blunt and obvious critique of the methods used to strip resources from the land. This story sends a simple, yet powerful statement about the world in which we live.
Because of the book's strong message concerning the environment (clear-cutting forests in particular,) this children's book has found itself on the Banned Books List. The reason is simple. Several logging companies feel threatened by the book and its message. They are afraid of people reading the book and making the great discovery that clear-cutting is bad for the environment! I believe that if this book has been placed on the Banned Book List, then the goal of the story has been achieved. The entire purpose of this book was not just to make kids laugh but to point out that clear-cutting is a serious problem. We, as humans, are trashing the environment. Sometimes the message is the most effective when it is reduced to its simplest form. In the future, this problem will rest in the hands of our children and educating children will help them make better choices than previous generations have.
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2009 6:45:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2009 6:01:59 PM PST
WOW! I didn't realize that logging companies had the power to ban books!!! Thank you for pointing this out! I just wish you would have told us WHICH logging companies had gotten this Dr. Suess book banned so that we could have organized a protest against them.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 5:16:16 PM PST
Jane doe says:
Amen. This book is banned from my sons school and I am totally against this. I know we have lots of logging companies in my state, and they are destroying our world
Posted on Aug 28, 2015 3:59:37 AM PDT
J. Henry says:
Very informative review and a great way to teach children, teens, and adults the importance of being aware and proactive in the fight to protect our beautiful Earth.
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