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The Lorax

The Lorax

Book - 1971
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The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1971]
ISBN: 9780394823379
Characteristics: [70] p. : col. illus. ; 29 cm


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Feb 20, 2021

One of Dr. Seuss's best books and one of my favorite books of all time. A book about ecology, climate change, and capitalism that was ahead of its time! Great at any age and an important message that still manages to end with hope. I love reading it out loud and my 18-month-old enjoys my Lorax impression ;)

Sep 22, 2020

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, is a fantastic, creative, and meaningful story! The messages within this book are very important, not only for children but for the entire world, as it presents the importance of taking care of our earth. I loved how Seuss was able to get his message across in a fun and engaging way. The story was very imaginative, and all of the characters were easy to connect to and care about. I think that kids will fall in love with this story, especially with its fun writing style, and vibrant illustrations. This is, in my opinion, a must-read children’s book, and one that I would recommend to all other readers! @PenelopeScritpor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The novel begins with a young boy who pays the Once-ler in exchange for a story. As the story unravels, we are introduced to the Lorax, who speaks for the trees. He does not like how the Truffula Trees are being cut down and how various animals are forced out of their homes. I find it awesome that Dr. Seuss talked about environmental protection and economic expansion in a children’s book. His drawings of the scenery are very unique and appealing to the younger audience. This book teaches us why we should value the beauty of nature. This book is great for little kids @grumpykat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 14, 2020

The Lorax by a very famous children's literature author, Dr. Seuss, focuses on a forest that has been destroyed by a stubborn and careless person, who ignored someone who cared about the world around him. In the beginning, the Once-ler shares his past with a boy seeking answers. The Once-ler finds a forest teeming with life, but he doesn’t care, because all he wants to do is chop down trees and sell Thneeds(sweaters). The Lorax appears and tells him to stop, but he refuses, and continues to chop down trees. I’m not going to say how it ends, but I will say that the Once-ler has been regretting the decisions he made ever since. The more I read this book, the more I understood how well the plot flows. It may seem like a simple fantasy story but it’s amazing how well it reflects the real world and shows how negligent some people can be.

May 31, 2019

I think the Lorax has beautiful information in the book and I also think that heaps of little children like listening to the book.

GCPL_EarlyLit Jun 28, 2017

An all-time classic, though a bad choice for bedtime because of the length. All kids should experience this book at some point.

Jan 17, 2017

Absolutely brilliant. I read that after it was released Dr Seuss said it was his best book yet, and you can see why.
The drawings are gorgeous, the rhythm is good, the story flows well, but really it's about the plot.
We need to do a better job looking after the planet. This book spells out why.

Jun 18, 2016

One of Dr Seuss' longer books and more suitable for slightly older children (who can handle both the length and the introduction to the concept that we need to look after the world around us).

ss1989 Oct 04, 2015

the end is very poignant and always makes me weepy

SPL_Kids Feb 27, 2013

Few names have become as familiar to children and parents as that of the beloved author/illustrator, Dr. Seuss. From his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street ( published in 1937) to his last, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, published 50 years later, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s picture books have always aroused a sense of wonder and excitement on the part of children who read or listen to them.

February 25 to March 1 is “Dr. Seuss Week” in the United States this year - an appropriate time to reflect upon the origins of some of his best-known stories.

You may not know that The Cat in the Hat was actually written in response to the traditional “Dick and Jane” readers. Seuss was challenged by a director of Houghton Mifflin Publishing to create an easy-to-read story which children would actually want to read (instead “the mind-numbing dullness of Dick and Jane and their mundane lives that consisted mostly of watching Spot run.”) Years later, Seuss said that he took great pride in helping to oust the Dick and Jane stories from many American school libraries!

Then Seuss was asked to create a fun-to-read children’s story using no more than 50 unique words – a seemingly impossible task. The wildly successful result was the beloved story,Green Eggs and Ham.

Some of his books, although seemingly nonsensical, reflected Seuss’ own social and political views. The Sneetches reflected his views on racial equality; Yertle the Turtle, his mistrust of dictators such as Adolf Hitler; The Butter Battle Book, his anxiety about the arms race, and The Lorax expressed his disgust with consumerism and anti-environmental practices. (The book became a rally cry for environmentalists, but the logging industry claimed that The Lorax - which spoke about the wanton destruction of natural resources such as trees - was unfair. In fact, the lumber industry actually commissioned a children’s book to present the opposite point of view!)

Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, published in 1957, was also a criticism of consumerism - particularly of Christmas-season consumerism. (In this tale, the Grinch and his dog stole all the Christmas presents, dinners and decorations in Whoville, anticipating that the Whos would be devastated and their Christmas ruined. When the Whos continued their happy celebrations instead, the Grinch realized that Christmas means much more than presents and feasting.)

Perhaps one of the most surprising truths about this iconic author is that he almost wasn’t an author! That’s right – his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected no less than 27 times by the publishing industry, until Vanguard Press finally accepted it.

The world of children’s literature owes a huge debt to Vanguard Press ... and to the fertile imagination and wit of Theodor Seuss Geisel, sixteen of whose books are on the Publisher’s Weekly’s list of the “100 of the Top-Selling Hardcover Children’s Books of All Time”.

If your favourite Dr. Seuss book isn’t on the shelves of the Stratford Public Library at this time, you can make a request for it online, by email, by phone, or in person. The Library offers various biographies about this notable author, such as The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss by Charles D. Cohen – or you can visit the database Somethingabout the Author, available from home or in the library.

Jan 12, 2013

I loved this book! I had watched the movie and it was awesome. All the animals were extremly cute!

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