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The Lorax (1971)

by Dr. Seuss

Series: The Lorax

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This is classic Dr. Seuss and a good book to share with students about protecting the environment and asking when having enough is enough. The book also shows how different groups of people can live in harmony. This book also introduces the concept of activism.
  briandurr | Jun 4, 2014 |
The Lorax is a classic. It is my son's favorite little movie. So, I decided to read the book to him! He can't quite get it yet being so young but I definitely enjoyed it! The book is so cute, and the forest creatures loving trees is truly adorable. It has a realistic feel to it to me as well, because forest animals do need trees. I think its a great book for all ages! ( )
  CMJohnson | Apr 28, 2014 |
Another great Dr. Suess book that I, and the kids I've read it to, enjoy!
  EmilySansovich | Apr 25, 2014 |
This book gives insight to the importance of environment and habitat conservation. It tells the story of how all the trees disappeared and how the Lorax tried to protect a young ma from dangerous ground. It is a great story to use in a science lesson when discussing habitats and environments.

I would use this book for 1-4 graders. It is a fun read for all engaged. ( )
  breksarah | Apr 24, 2014 |
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Published by Random House. Copyright 1971. pg. 61

Type of Book: Children's Poetry

Summary: This story is about how the lorax got lifted away. The child goes to the Once-ler's house and pays him to tell him the story. He tells him how the grass was green and it was all so beautiful. The Once-ler chopped down the beautiful trees and started making shirts out of them. The lorax than popped out of a stump and told him that he speaks for the trees. So the Once-ler sold one of his shirts and decided he could make a bunch of money. He then called his family to come help him with his deed. The lorax was mad and didn't want the trees cut down. The lorax showed up saying that the Bar-ba-loots that play in the trees and eat fruit from them have no more food and no energy. So the Bar-ba-loots had to leave. The Once-ler made his factory bigger and he was polluting the air so the birds had to leave. The fish in the pond had to leave as well because the water was turning brown. He cut down all of the trees. So the family left and all that was left was the lorax and Once-ler. The lorax than left the Once-ler. There was a pile of rocks that the lorax left saying unless. The Once-ler realized it meant unless a kid like the boy came to help. So he threw him a seed for the trees and told him to plant it because maybe the lorax and his friends would come back.

Response: This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. I love his work. The illustrations are amazing. He has come up with some of the craziest words to use for characters and his stories rhyme. I really enjoy reading Dr. Seuss's work. As a kid it was so wonderful to read and look at the awesome art work.
  singleton2012 | Apr 2, 2014 |
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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.
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I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues ....
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This is a story about deforestation and the conservation of land.  It is a perfect book to introduce environmental topics in the classroom.  The colorful illustrations are fantastic and sure are an attention getter.  I would suggest 2nd grade as an appropriate time to introduce this book.

Links to additional materials:  http://kids.mongabay.com/lesson_plans/lisa_algee/deforestation.html
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394823370, Hardcover)

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)

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:25 -0400)

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The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

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