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."
My favorite childhood book :) Glad to have a copy on my shelf again.Published 13 months ago by Aelita
this book is a Pearce of a biking on the beach so do not read this book it is full of crap. and that it is for babys. like how reads this junkPublished 13 months ago by sophie
Great children's book, we read these to our children every night, and they love them. You can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss!Published 19 months ago by Brian Reed
This was ordered as a Christmas gift and arrived in good condition!
A classic Dr. Seus book with an important message!
This is a beautiful book that will have a lifelong space on my child's bookshelf. I also use it in teaching science!Published on July 2 2013 by Sk math teacher
We had the real version with paper pages too, but the baby wanted to rip them, so we got the board book. It has been slightly edited to make the story shorter, but is still good.Published on March 21 2011 by Craig Heinrich
Wow, this book is a screed. I'm not sure banging kids over the head with a story about unnecessary consumption and extinction of a tree is the way to teach environmentalism. Read morePublished on April 18 2006