Now on to the review. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Title: The Lorax
Author & Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House, 1971
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 6 and up
Themes: Environmentalism, Greed
“Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better.
Synopsis (from Random House):
Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.
There are a multitude of links for activities related to this book.
- Random House has a Reader’s Guide Section that contains discussion questions and suggested activities.
- Lorax Project in the Classroom
- Questions about the story and its relevance to our world, technology and the environment. (for older elementary students)
Entertainment: Watch The Lorax movie. See trailer below.
Why I Like This Book:
I have to admit I only came to learn of this book due to the movie release. I love this book for the same reason I love The Grinch Who Stole Xmas. These books first appear to be a fun rhyming, colorful, silly looking stories but later reveal themselves to be exquisitely deep and profound. Perfect combination attracting both young and old.
I like that the story is told in the past through the memories of the Once-ler. This POV adds a sort of realism to the story, that yes there was this wonderful place that was ruined by the Once-ler’s greed. The ending of the story sends a pivotal message that we have the ability to protect the environment and that if we don’t than no one will.
Here is the book trailer for The Lorax Pop-up book. It is just gorgeous. I will need to go buy it.
Here is the movie trailer. Okay, I am dying to see this movie. Too bad its PG and my kids aren’t old enough yet. Doh!
This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.