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.

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“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


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....


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

Matthew Hunter

** spoiler alert ** I cannot for the life of me remember reading The Lorax as a child. It took having an 18 month old daughter, taking her to see the new Lorax movie which opened on Dr. Seuss' birthday, and then buying the book because Sigourney loved the brightly colored Truffula Trees and cuddly Brown Bar-ba-loots, for me to read The Lorax. Honestly, if a better, more empowering critique of Big Business' role in environmental degradation exists, I haven't found it yet.Typical Seussian rhymes and artwork are here of course. But there's so much more. As Once-ler's Thneed business begins to take off, and risk to the Truffula Trees increases, the Lorax's plea falls on the deaf ears of an out-of-control profit motive: "'I repeat,' cried the Lorax, 'I speak for the trees!' 'I'm busy,' I told him. 'Shut up, if you please.'" Wildlife reliant on the Truffula forest must leave to find suitable habitat. And the only thing that stop's the Once-ler's fast-expanding business? The chopping down of the final Truffula Tree marking the Lorax's dramatic departure. The truth that we all rely on our natural environment ultimately hits the bottom line, Thneed production stops due to the eradication of his resource base, and the Once-ler falls unwillingly into the role of environmental prophet.It's the humbled Once-ler who utters this wise, inspirational, empowering line to a nameless young person (aka the reader): "'UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.'"The destroyer becomes the repentant voice of hope as the Once-ler entrusts us with the final Truffula Seed: "'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 Lorax and all of his friends may come back.'" Ultimately, Seuss leaves the door open for us to succeed or fail. Yes there's hope, but we have plenty of work to do to realize this potential positive outcome.The Lorax was first published in 1971 when I was a one year old. I'm 41 now, and except for a two-dimensional appearance on the big screen, the Lorax hasn't returned yet. Seuss' open-ended challenge remains urgently relevant today. Here's to hoping that The Lorax serves as An Inconvenient Truth for our newest generation.

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!

Keri Payton

This is the story of how the Lorax was lifted away. Read this book and come to understand you just may.I had never heard - or at least had no memory - of 'The Lorax' before I saw the posters for the upcoming film adaptation. He was a strange orange sight I didn't understand. Now I've read his story and I intend to do so again and again.This is a story of financial gain at the cost of the environment. It is a tale of greed and redemption. It shows us the benefits in standing up for others and not only thinking of ourselves. It is as relevant now as it was when it was first published.The book does not begin as loud and colourful as many other of Seuss' stories. Instead, it is grey and dreary and pulls the reader in closer with the eerie quiet of the scenery. The first words of the story are like a breath, pulled from the lips of the reader, lost in an echo of a landscape.In the beginning, the Lorax is an unanswered question. Who was he? Why did he disappear? There is only one person who can answer that question - the Once-ler - and we never see what he looks like. Instead we are told the story in a way which feels right, through a Whisper-ma-Phone.Seuss uses such fresh imagery to contrast the gloom at the beginning of the book, showing how drastically everything has changed from what it once was. More importantly, he writes of "back in the days" in such a way that you can smell, hear and feel the wonders that you see on the page.The story pits two figures against each other, the Lorax and the Once-ler. The Once-ler is enamored by the Truffula Trees. He only means to make something with the materials available to him but it isn't long before he is carried away with greed and is putting the needs of his business before all other things. The Lorax is the voice of reason against all of this. He speaks "for the trees, for the trees have no tongues" and takes care of the other animals in the area.This book really touches on the subject of human rights. The Once-ler has found an inventive opportunity and is taking advantage of it. He is producing a product which people are buying. A Thneed is seemingly ludicrous but his sales are skyrocketing. It shows people's attachment to materialism and how we are willing to part with our money and put materialistic values above environmental ones if we can be persuaded that we need something.In the words of the Once-ler, "A Thneed's a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!" However, it isn't something that benefits the Truffula Trees or any of the other creatures around. Their opinions and needs go unnoticed, except by the Lorax. He speaks for those who can't voice their own agonies.The Once-ler is a creature of his own making. He shows us that we have to live with the consequences we set out for ourselves. None of us are innocent. Books are made by cutting down trees* and we benefit from them so much more than a Thneed but that doesn't mean that there aren't consequences to cutting them down.The Lorax is a figure that everyone should look to emulate. What we can't do is wait and hope he will come back. We have to summon him by finding the Lorax in ourselves. We must do it before it is too late and well all end up as Once-lers.'The Lorax' is a book which everyone should read. It is a story with a message that all people need.*My copy of 'The Lorax' is printed on recycled paper.(From my blog: Quill Café)(From my blog: Quill Café)In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I purchased this book. The opinions expressed are mine and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the author or publisher.


*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.

Jared Little

The Lorax is one of Dr. Seuss' most legendary stories. This book chronicles the deforestation of a fictional landscape populated by a variety of interesting animals. All done for the sake of capitalism. The story has profound environmental message that would be appropriate in grades 3 and above. The story is a bit more complex than many other Seuss novels and in order to truly understand it, it needs to be analyzed in the upper grades. I could see this story paired with an environmentally themed assignment or possibly a project highlighting an eco problem. This book finds its way into many school curricula across the country and has aged very well.


So, I understand that this book was written a long time ago, before this kind of environmental fairy tale was popularized, and perhaps when it was needed more. But it still seems like a total straw man (hello? can't you just plant your own grove of sustainable truffula trees?). And does the Lorax have to be such a jerk about everything? Maybe he could propose some sort of compromise . . . I guess as a kids' book it's supposed to be simple for kids to understand, but kids aren't that dumb. I like a lot of Dr. Seuss, but any time he's trying to get across any kind of message (even a good one) it just rubs me the wrong way.

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.

Jack Doherty

** spoiler alert ** The Lorax, writen by Dr. Seuss, is one of the most timeless picture books ever written and should be cherished by those, young and old. Although this may be a picture book, more meant for children, I believe it has a really mature message. This book undoubtedly brings up the topic of deforestation and pollution, and the more broad topic of destroying the environment. In the book, the Onceler comes up with a nifty idea to turn the Truffula Forest's Truffula trees into a garment called a Thneed. Now as ludicrous as this may sound, things like this happen all the time. Trees are hauled in the thousands from the Amazon Rain Forest to be turned into wooden products and trinkets. And although this sort of thing wasn't happening on such a massive scale during Dr. Seuss's time, he found a way to accurately represent the topic of deforestation in a picture book. I first read this book in my early childhood, but now after reading it as a teenager, I've started to realize many more things about this book. For one, I used to think that the Lorax was just a grumpy old blob trying to save the Truffula trees. Now I see that there was more to his complaining. The Lorax didn't just come out at random, he was a damn hippie! He knew that the environment needed the Truffula trees to operate. The factories turning the Truffula trees into Thneeds produced sludge that was then dumped into a pond. The fish in the pond were forced to move because they couldn't live in the sludgy water. The same thing happened with the smog and the lack of trees. If the Lorax had succeeded in preventing the Onceler from chopping down the Truffula trees , he would have been named a hero. I would recommend this book to anyone, specifically because it's just a great book. This is one of to most finely illustrated and well written books known to man, and i can not think of anything wrong with it.


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.

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!


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.

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