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The Lorax (Classic Seuss) Hardcover – Picture Book, August 12, 1971
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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)
"The Lorax. . . has been a perennial favorite of kids and parents since it was published in 1971."
- Lexile measure : 560L
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 4
- Hardcover : 72 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780394823379
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394823379
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.41 x 11.31 inches
- Reading level : 5 - 9 years
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1971)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0394823370
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In our opinion, we think you should read “The Lorax”.
It has really fun rhymes. One example of this is when he wrote “nail and sail”. He even had characters called Barbaloots who were in Barbaloot Suits. It teaches you an important lesson. Specifically, it teaches us to not cut down many trees. That’s why you should read “The Lorax” to your class or kids.
Mrs. West’s 2nd Grade Superhero Class
It's nice that the book is printed on recycled paper. Other than the incorrect orientation, the quality of the book is generally good, save for some pages with white space where the printer doesn't seem to have lined up correctly.
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Furthermore, what illustrations are left have been awkwardly and often clumsily cropped into new dimensions, cutting out masses of Seuss' original drawings and generally messing up what used to be lovely balanced and detailed compositions. If you're buying this book for the art as well as the story, you should know that this book just wrecks the half of the illustrations which haven't been cut out entirely.
Please find yourself a complete copy and experience this book the way Dr. Seuss intended. I'm horrified to imagine what the author would think of this blundersome hack-job edit of one of the great children's masterpieces.
Revisiting this book as an adult, you realise that it's a very well-written story about family, commercialisation, the environment and redemption (I mean, it's not "Of Mice and Men", but you know...). It's one of the Seuss books that's more appropriate for older children. Finally, coming up with lots of other things you could use a Thneed for is now a family joke, and a very creative one!
This is a really good book for introducing children to what happens when we abuse our environment. Perfect book for today's society. It discusses and clearly shows how the destruction of one thing can impact the entire eco system around it.
Buy this, share it with your children..start the conversations at an early age. My little one is 5 and really enjoyed the story plus the conversation we had afterwards..