The Lorax

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Seuss fable has become environmentalist classic.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

A great introduction to environmental awareness.

Positive role models

The Once-ler and his family use up a community's natural resources and pollute its air and water.

Violence & scariness

Small children may be scared by the faceless, green-armed Once-ler and his dilapidated home. An entire ecosystem is wiped out.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tale, told in Dr. Seuss' trademark rhymes, is a good introduction to environmental awareness.

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What's the story?

When his beloved Truffula Trees are hacked down to make Thneeds ("which everyone needs" -- supposedly), the mustachioed little Lorax protests angrily. Unfortunately, the potato-shaped crusader's gripes are in vain. The greedy industrialist Once-ler won't stop until the last Truffula is felled and the surrounding ecosystem is hopelessly polluted. This Seussian fable has become an environmentalist classic.

Is it any good?


'Few fiction writers -- for children or adults -- have successfully melded politics and good storytelling. Dr. Seuss succeeds by explaining simply and clearly the process of building an industry at the expense of an ecosystem. The book is an excellent teaching tool, but despite its humor it isn't the most enjoyable of Dr. Seuss' works. Of course, environmental devastation isn't a cheerful topic.

Unfortunately, the idyllic scenes in which the Brown Bar-ba-loots frolic under the furry-lollipop tufts of the Truffula Trees while the Swomee-Swans sing and the Humming-Fish hum are ... well, boring. Luckily, the pint-sized hero is quirky enough to be compelling: The bushy-mustachioed Lorax has a folksy, righteous manner and is a guilt mongerer for a good cause. His harangues against the unrepentant Once-ler are both funny and poignant.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about natural resources. What are they?

  • How did the creatures use them?

  • Why do you think they got used up?

  • What

  • would have been a better way for them to live?

  • Do you think this

  • happens in our world? Is there anything you and your family can do to

  • conserve resources and be nicer to the Earth?

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 1, 1971
Number of pages:63
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7
Read aloud:4
Read alone:6

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Teen, 16 years old Written bysamanthacandace June 5, 2009


"i am tha lorax i speak for the trees. i speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues." this story is something that i watched and read i my chemistry class in high school and it is awesome. it gets the point across and is something fun for kids and adults of every age to watch i mean come on who doesnt love dr. seuss? "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better, its not"
Parent of a 7 and 8 year old Written byqtnn January 11, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byelitsa May 3, 2009


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