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The Lorax (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax (Classic Seuss) (original 1971; edition 1971)

by Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel

Series: The Lorax

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Title:The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
Authors:Dr. Seuss
Other authors:Theodor Seuss Geisel
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1971), Hardcover, 72 pages
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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971)

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Summary: Lorax looks after the trees of the forest and knows how valuable they are to the environment and the habit it creates. The Once-ler comes and cuts a few, and then he becomes greedy. He doesn't listen to the Lorax and destroys all of the trees for profit.

Personal Reaction: In a Suess-y way, this book provides simpler context for understanding what is happening to our rainforests. It's also a very good story.

Classroom Extension: Use to introduce the topic of environmental preservation. Discuss how the Once-ler's business hurt the land of the Lorax and how things could have been different if the Once-ler listened to the Lorax.
  KaitlynBlevins | May 6, 2015 |
Summary: A boy living in a strange and polluted town cuts down a tree to frond a Lorax. He complains about the pollution and how their land used to be clean and filled with beautiful plants. The factory that runs the town is shut down because there are no more trees to work with and the Lorax is distraught.

Personal connection: When reading the book I did not make the connections to global warming but that is automatically where my mind goes when reading the story again.

Class use: Ask the students what their thoughts are about global warming. ( )
  allisonpollack | Apr 30, 2015 |
This is truly a Dr. Seuss classic about environmentalism and issues that still take place today. Students will like this story because they have most likely seen the movie. This book can extend into a great conversation about how we can take care of the animals that live in our world too. This book is for the higher elementary grades due to the length and lesson in the story. ( )
  KRW15 | Apr 30, 2015 |
The Lorax is the protector of the forest full of Truffula trees. The Once-ler comes and begins to harvest the trees for profit. Eventually he gets greedy and breaks a promise he made to the Lorax about how he will not cut down all the trees. All the trees are gone and now all the animals need to find a new place to live because their home is all gone. This helps to inform children about the deforestation process that is gradually happening around them. They need to act fast before there are no trees for the future. ( )
  amartino1208 | Apr 28, 2015 |
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  sarahetuemmler | Apr 20, 2015 |
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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.
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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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)

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

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