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The Lorax Hardcover – Aug 12 1971

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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (Aug. 12 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394823370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394823379
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.3 x 28.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."

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At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows and no birds ever sing excepting old crows... is the Street of the Lifted Lorax. Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
This review consists of three parts: 1. My son's review (5 years old), 2. My daughter's review, and 3. My review (the Mom). These are excerpts from the full review. To see the whole thing, please visit us at our website :)


What I liked and disliked about it: I liked the funny, interesting names like Lorax and Once-ler. I liked the Truffula trees - they look like long stumps with hair. I didn't like that the Once-ler was cutting the trees because the trees were pretty. The end was good because the Once-ler learned his lesson and felt bad about cutting down the trees. I liked how the Once-ler used the word "biggering" to talk about how his Thneed company was growing. I felt sad when all the trees and animals were gone and I hope that with one seed, it can all come back.

I didn't like how the Once-ler was talking to the Lorax. I think I'm getting too old for Dr. Seuss books because the stories are too short; but I still like watching the movies.

My bottom line: I think littler kids like kindergarten kids and maybe kids in Grades 1 and 2 would like this book, but I still liked it.


What I liked and disliked about it: I really liked the Thneeds and how he made a whole shop of Thneeds - I really want a Thneed! I would use it as a pillow, or blanket, or a chair, or a couch, or a house, or as a rope to catch someone bad. I like how the Lorax just popped out of the tree stump, but he was bossy and mad. The Truffula trees were funny and cool. It didn't bother me that the trees were getting cut because it was making Thneeds and I liked how the Once-ler's stuff had the words "Once-ler" on it like his wagon and store. The Bar-ba-loots were funny with the way they climbed trees and ate berries.
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Format: Paperback
Other reviews state this is depressing or "bangs a kid over the head" too much.

The cold hard facts are that all the trees are being cut down. Pretty soon there will be none! That is depressing! Deal with it! Teaching children about it may help to stop this process! 18 million trees are being cut down a day in the U.S. That is startling. In ten years when you can't breathe, you will wish you listened to the Lorax 20 years ago!

My kindergarteners love it! It is all in how you approach it. Teach them to LOVE our earth and it won't be depressing. Excellent book and puppet and concept!!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
When I was in elementary school in the mid-1970s, probably around the age of 7 or 8, all the students in the school were assembled and shown the film of the Lorax. The film was very similar to the film of The Grinch that was made at about the same time and is now a video classic - - wonderful animation and great word-for-word narrative reading of the text. I had been unaware of the book before that. I remember very clearly being very moved and inspired by the tale, and I can trace part of my development as an environmentalist to it. I now work in environmental outreach/education, and every once in a while I get out the book of The Lorax and get re-inspired, especially by the line "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." I still find the book very relevant to today. It's not extremist in any way. Even its depiction of the Once-ler is not as an evil man, but someone very recognizable. He doesn't mean harm, but "Business is business, and business must grow." Sound familiar? He doesn't recognize the damage he's causing, or understand just how painful and permanent it will be, until too late. This book reminds all of us to not take our beautiful world for granted, but to take responsibility for it.
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The book "The Lorax" is another marvelous book of great rhymes, lessons and illustrations by the wonderful Dr. Seuss. In this book, Seuss uses his wonderful ways of telling us how valuable resources are and how pollution can greatly affect a city. In the story, the once-ler comes into town looking to start a new business. As he enters this town, he sees the trees, these wonderful trees, the truffula trees. These soft, silky trees spark an idea. The once-ler then creates a new product and calls it a Thneed. This thneed, as it is called, is a fine-something-that-all-people-need. As the once-ler is chopping down these trees to make this thneed, the Lorax comes up and does what he does best, speaks for the trees. He explains how the chopping of his truffula trees is effecting the environment in a harmful way. The Once-ler doesn't care; he just ignores the Lorax and goes on with his day. He then expands his factory and cuts down more trees. All of a sudden, all of the animals are leaving. The fish because of the water pollution, the swans because of the hazardous waste, and the bar-ba-loots because they have ran out of bar-ba-loot fruits that once grew on the truffula trees. After a while of this business going on, there were no more truffula trees and the Lorax left once and for all. Now, the Once-ler realized what he had done, and now he lives alone in his house on top of his store.
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I read this book to my young niece (6 years old) and found that as an adult I enjoyed the presentation of the all-important ecological warning about deforestation and corporate greed as much as she laughed at the funny words. She also easily grasped the eco-message of the delightful rhyming tale. A superb book and well worth reading! While on this subject, I would also like to recommend a new eco-novel, which I came across recently and thoroughly enjoyed. It too presents a most powerful ecological message based on real world facts --- giving much to eco-think about on a global scale --- but with an exciting fairytale-like, nature-loving storyline. There are even some marvelous rhyming heart-warming verses! It's entitled, "ACCUSED BY FACET-EYES" (by C.B. Don) and is presented as a science-fiction. Although it is not a "children's" book, like the famous Lorax, it is the kind of story with a general adult to bright teen/college student "all ages" appeal. After all, even the Lorax must be explained to young kids! There really are not enough such books that present serious environmental issues in an enjoyable lighthearted story format. Must-reads for everyone concerned about our polluted world!
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