The Lorax

ISBN: 0394823370
ISBN 13: 9780394823379
By: Dr. Seuss

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Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale, we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots (“frisking about in their Bar-ba-loot suits as they played in the shade and ate Truffula Fruits”), and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.

Reader's Thoughts


Move over Chinese calendar, there's a new animal (?) to add to the wheel. This is apparently the Year of the Lorax, because my son wants to read this story EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Good thing I love the story.Basic Plot: Evil corporate goon comes to unspoiled wilderness, destroys it, and then has to live with what he has done.Kinda depressing concept for a kids' book isn't it? The whole book starts off dark and gloomy, in this polluted environment that's nothing but grey and drab. I was sure the 4-year-old would have nothing to do with this book. He surprised me, though, by sitting through the whole thing (and it's not one of Seuss's short ones) and then continuing to ask for it night after night. It's the story that holds him. Yes, there are bright colors (eventually) and some fun illustrations. There are Seuss's traditionally silly made-up words and rhymes. There is definitely a moral. I continue to believe to this day that this book is one of the main reasons why I recycle obsessively and try to do what I can to reduce my impact on the environment. I read this book a LOT as a kid. Everyone should read this book.Note: color Nook version has audio with voices, an autoread feature that turns the "pages" once they are read, and words pop up with audio when you touch the pictures in both audio and non-audio versions.


*After watching and reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss*Pollution is one of the major problems of the world.Pollution that is brought by thousands of reasons. One of those reasons include: millions of trees being chopped down (not just in one forest) causing smog to constantly spread and form in numerous parts of the world.And at some point or another, we will begin to realize that having water and fresh air of high quality, in the amount we wish, and whenever we wish to use it, will become extremely difficult.UNLESS...Unless someone can speak for them. Unless someone can speak for something worth fighting for. Nothing is going to happen.

Deanna Vader

“Catch! calls the Once-ler.He lets something fall.It's a Truffula Seed.It's the last one of all!You're in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.Then the Loraxand all of his friendsmay come back.”- Dr. SeussDr. Seuss has done it again with the magical book about saving the environment from greedy people. This book is one of my favorites I read it every Earth Day and share with many kids at the Zoo Camp in South Carolina.This books is about about how a man named the Once-ler came to a beautiful forest with a greedy heart who only wanted one thing, money. The Once-ler tells the story to a young boy who wants to know what happened to the forest and the Lorax, and the Once-ler tells him his tale. The Once-ler found out how soft the truffula trees were and found his idea, his th-neeed. However once he cut down the tree the Lorax appeared. The keeper of the trees. The Lorax told the man not to cut down the trees because the animals depend on the trees for food. However the Once-ler ignored his pleads and made is company bigger and bigger. As the company grows the animals one by one leave because they cannot live in the environment the Once-ler has destroyed. Soon the Once-ler cut down all the trees and destroyed the beautiful land. The Lorax left with only the word 'Unless'. Then the Once-ler understands unless someone cares a lot about a issue than things can change.This book if for every age and everyone needs to read it once. The movie is great as well, but read the book first.

Krista Lineweaver

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a great picturbook that can be enjoyed by the nursery and primary age group of children. The Lorax tries protecting his land from the people who want to cut down all of the trees. Children will enjoy reading about the troubles that the Loraz goes through to protect his home. The illustrations are amazing, and of course, Dr. Seuss puts a great and fun twist on all of the characters and plot. The story is fun to read and can be enjoyed by all children. I use to love reading this story when I was younger. Dr. Seuss does a great job making his books fun but including a valuable lesson in all of his stories. Children will definitely be appealed to this story beacuse of the fun setting, characters, and colorful illustrations. The children will think that they are right there in the story with the Lorax!

Megan Sanchez

Especially gorgeous and sad as an adult. Adorable illustrations and fun word play, as you would expect from Dr. SuessI plucked this off a display table at the library last week, a table probably inspired by the recent release of a film based on the book. I have not seen the movie, but I remembered the book and the cartoon movie from elementary school. I remember being really overwhelmed by this book and the cartoon and feeling terribly guilty on behalf of all humans. My parents then helped us to buy and plant a tree in our backyard. I took crazy care of that tree and recently, when I went by our old house, I was happy to see that it had grown very tall and now peeks over the roof of the house. I say all this - I was a pretty sensitive kid and was also raised Catholic. Let's not even talk about the kind of guilt capable of being felt by such a child. Now, I read it with a better understanding of the world and it's even more directly relevant. I know many people say that this book is too black-and-white, that the message is part of a great liberal indoctrination campaign. I truly don't understand how teaching children to love and respect the environment is bad. I feel like you must be one selfish asshole if you're more worried about your Thneed than your future child's ability to play under the truffula trees. This book will definitely have a place in my child's library. And I hope they are thoroughly indoctrinated by it.

Joel Duff

I forgot just how sophisticated the rhyming in this book is. It is a joy to read ... and an environmental message way ahead of its time.


“The Lorax” is one of Dr. Seuss’ most memorable books as it is about the importance of taking care of all of the trees in the world. “The Lorax” may have some controversial issues, but it is still a great book for both children and adults to treasure for many years.Dr. Seuss’ story about how chopping down too many trees can destroy the Earth’s environment is truly powerful and moving as it realistically portrays what can happen to the environment when trees are cut down through Dr. Seuss’ childish world. Dr. Seuss’ illustrations as always are extremely creative and inventive especially when we are first introduced to the land of the Truffula trees, the land is colourful and peaceful looking, but when the once-ler starts cutting down all the Truffula trees, the land looks dark and bleak, representing the pollution that is caused from cutting down the trees.Parents should know that even though I personally do not see anything wrong with this book, this book was considered extremely controversial due to the fact that many people believed that the book was trying to promote the idea that industrialization is a bad thing. Personally, I think that this book was just trying to discuss about the issues of environmentalism and that cutting down too many trees can cause pollution on the earth.“The Lorax” is one of the greatest books about the issues of environmentalism that kids will understand perfectly and will definitely be evolved into one of the greatest cult classics to ever come to the world of children’s books. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up due to the controversial material about whether or not industrialization is a good or bad thing for the world that small children might not understand. Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


You can have your Silent Spring and Inconvenient Truth. The Lorax and his lesson of unless is, to me, the most moving piece of environmental literature ever. It shows that a) good children's literature doesn't have to be simplistic or happy to be effective and b) that you certainly need not be a member of a political group to appreciate the message that our drive to industrialize must not happen at the expense of our planet.


This time Dr. Seuss gives us The Lorax to teach us the lesson of treating the trees and the environment right. Mr. Once-ler is an opportunistic greedy man who is now left alone after he destroyed the green forest that he came to. The Lorax kept on giving him lessons regarding the importance of preserving and respecting the environment but to no avail. Finally the Once-ler sees the monster it has created. The book is a nice way to introduce kids to the idea of preserving the environment and trees and forests. It reminded me of an old short documentary that used to be repeated a lot during my childhood. A young man has all the gadgets at his disposal and he started over-relying on them. One day suddenly they all stopped working and then the man realized how difficult his life has become. Suddenly he has to fend for himself and do all his chores too. Things kept on going backwards till the time when he started to live like the medieval men used to live. That was when he realized the true value of all he had. The lesson from this book can be summed up as

Nadine Larter

Have taken gross advantage of the fact that my kid is feeling ill enough to let me read to him. usually trying to read to him is a disaster! Luckily he absolutely loves The Lorax so he was quite happy to let me read it. I think Dr. Seuss definitely hit on something grand when he decided to make all his books rhyme. The lyrical quality that automatically creeps into ones voice while reading rymes is definitely a good things for children!


One of my favorite books of all times. A couple years ago they were clearcutting a long stretch of road in the town I grew up in. My dad and I got up in arms and decided we would go underground as the Lorax. We made up signs and attached them to scrap wood and went out in the wee hours of the morning to post them around stumps and tree-chewing machinery. The signs showed a picture of the lorax and said "I speak for the trees." I heard some people talking about it, but it didn't do anything to stop the clearcutting. Of course. But anything that gets people thinking is a good thing. Anything that gets people to remember the Lorax is even better.Excuse me while I lift myself up by the seat of my pants....


I love this book so much, I have a quote from it on my facebook:"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to change. It's not". It expresses my bottom-up view of how fundamental change is accomplished; collectively. As I wish to be a teacher that emphasises students' power to affect social change, this would be a great choice. I would love to use this book in a social studies class wherein we are addressing environmental issues. It could be regarding anywhere around the world, because from America to China a teacher can address the effects of things like wasted resources and the damage humans cause to the planet.

Debbie Reiber

The Lorax by Dr. Suess is a picture book. The age group this is intended for is nursery to intermediate. The book is about being greedy and cutting down the “Truffula Trees” to make “Thneeds.” The Lorax tried to warn the Once-ler that he was destroying the land and making it impossible for the animals to inhabit. Once-ler didn’t care and he made thneeds until every “Truffula Tree” was gone.I love the rhyming and made up words to tell a story about the importance of the environment and greed. The story itself can relate to real life and the businesses that continually cut down trees and put up homes. The industries that pollute the air and dump waste in the ponds and lakes. I like how Dr. Suess showed the animals leaving at different times; it made it a little more dramatic. When there are countless “Truffula Trees,” the illustrations of the land are bright, welcoming, and fun. But once the trees have all been cut down, the area becomes dreary, dark, and uninhabitable. I would recommend this book for children because the art work and the story are creative and interesting. The rhyming and made up words make the story fun. This book can serve a child flipping through the pages and enjoying the mysterious pictures or the child that likes the rhyming and challenges of new words.


Most children's books have a meaning, a moral if you will. It would seem as though 'The Lorax' had a meaning and message for the future generations, a warning even. My third grade teacher read us this story, and asked us what we thought, many were able to see the connections between our world and the world of the Lorax, where slowly piece by piece the world was destroyed by people with only money on the brain.I was later read this book during High School, which would seem a strange time to be read such a book, but I realised something, there was a reason why we were having this read to us suddenly it became clear that it was us, us destroying everything. Not the businesses or people only interested in money, each of us were contriubting in some form or another. Suess's writing is something that everyone should be able to experience, it does not matter the age, if its simple message can touch the hearts of more, perhaps there is something we can do to save this world. I recomend this to all, deep in meaning, well writen and of course the illustrations are as always perfect.5 Stars.

Crystal Marcos

I remember reading the Lorax as a child and what stuck out the most in my mind was the dark and eerieness of a world without life. I read it again today. (Side note for those of you who don't know Kohl's has 4 Dr.Suess Books and the green book for $5 each made on 60% recycled paper and the money goes to Kohl's cares for kids. They have new books every month) I thought it was fitting to have this title seeing as how it deals with saving the earth. I enjoyed reading this book again. I loved seeing the drastic contrast between life and no life. I love how it teaches the importance of caring for the earth and putting that decision in the child's hands. Dr. Suess did a fine job of conveying his message.

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