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The Lorax

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Dr. Seuss, pseudonym for Theodor Seuss Geisel, is world renowned for his inventiveness and wit. His stories are instantly recognizable by their use of fantastic words, clever rhymes, and unusual creatures-drawn in his distinctive style.
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published February 24th 1998 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1971)
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Petra X
Maybe I'm just not a Dr. Seuss person but I hated this book. Boring story, stupid words that didn't entertain and even though it was meant for a child rather than me, my son hardly ever looked at it growing up, so its sits on the shelf still quite pristine.

Funny thing is that this is only a comment on a kiddies' book - yet it has engendered so much nastiness from several people all of whom appear to be alteregos of Michael. He has made it his business to take people (not me alone) to task for n...more
Tim
Apr 18, 2008 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
You can have your Silent Spring and Inconvenient Truth. The Lorax and his lesson of unless is, to me, the most moving piece of environmental literature ever. It shows that a) good children's literature doesn't have to be simplistic or happy to be effective and b) that you certainly need not be a member of a political group to appreciate the message that our drive to industrialize must not happen at the expense of our planet.
Ronyell
“The Lorax” is one of Dr. Seuss’ most memorable books as it is about the importance of taking care of all of the trees in the world. “The Lorax” may have some controversial issues, but it is still a great book for both children and adults to treasure for many years.

Dr. Seuss’ story about how chopping down too many trees can destroy the Earth’s environment is truly powerful and moving as it realistically portrays what can happen to the environment when trees are cut down through Dr. Seuss’ childi...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Hate to see less than 5 Stars for a Seuss!

I'm taking my Grand-girl to the the movie [her first IMAX] today and remembered I should rate in GR.

I was raised on Seuss, my kids were raised on Seuss and now a third generation. What is not to love?

Happy Reading!
Robert Bickers
Ok, so it's a heavy-handed enviromental terror-tale. It's also the Seuss book that stuck with me the longest. Of all the books I read as a little kid, it's the one that I still remember making me feel something.

I'm a conservationist-not an environmentalist by any stretch. The Lorax didn't teach me to hate industry or chew on organically-sustainable bark. It taught me to care about nature. To this day, decades after I read and re-read it, the drawing of the barren wasteland still gets to me.
Andrea
So, I understand that this book was written a long time ago, before this kind of environmental fairy tale was popularized, and perhaps when it was needed more. But it still seems like a total straw man (hello? can't you just plant your own grove of sustainable truffula trees?). And does the Lorax have to be such a jerk about everything? Maybe he could propose some sort of compromise . . . I guess as a kids' book it's supposed to be simple for kids to understand, but kids aren't that dumb. I like...more
Skylar Burris
This gets five stars for being beautifully written, and one for being heavy handed, which averages out to four for me. I'm a conservationist, but there is no nuance in The Lorax's presentation of environmentalism: the book simply demonizes business.

The Once-ler is an extreme negative caricature of the capitalist: what he offers society as an entrepreneur is not valuable in any way, he has no regard for anything but his own profit, and he proceeds with reckless abandon. Of course, in a world tha...more
Salymar
*After watching and reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss*

Pollution is one of the major problems of the world.
Pollution that is brought by thousands of reasons.
One of those reasons include: millions of trees being chopped down (not just in one forest) causing smog to constantly spread and form in numerous parts of the world.
And at some point or another, we will begin to realize that having water and fresh air of high quality, in the amount we wish, and whenever we wish to use it, will become extremely...more
Cruth
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.


Author/Illustrator: Dr Seuss
First published: 1971

The ankle-biter had seen the animated movie The Lorax with her cousins and was keen to read the book. I was wary because a) I understood the movie was substantially different to the book, and b) her reading ability (vocab and comprehension) IMO surpassed Dr Seuss. BUT she'd been "studying" Dr Seuss at school in relation to poetry so I picked up the book and mo...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. Another classic Dr. Seuss installment. Not up to the level of his best work (e.g., The hat wearing cat, the grump and the emerald breakfast with ham) but still a fun one to read to the kids.
Taylor
Feb 27, 2009 Taylor added it
never polute, RIGHT ON
Renee
This review consists of three parts: 1. My son's review (5 years old), 2. My daughter's review (8 years old), and 3. My review (the Mom). These are excerpts from the full review. To see the whole thing, visit us at www.motherdaughterbookreviews.com :)

DAUGHTER SAYS:

What I liked and disliked about it: I liked the funny, interesting names like Lorax and Once-ler. I liked the Truffula trees – they look like long stumps with hair. I didn’t like that the Once-ler was cutting the trees because the tree...more
Kathryn
It's been many years since I read this book and I was actually hugely impressed. First, it's simply brilliant Dr. Seuss in terms of the writing style and illustrations--gotta love the fishies and bears and that cute little Lorax--and did anyone notice how Grinch-y the Once-ler's hands looked!?--and the rhymes and "nonsense" words that really make so much SENSE. Gosh, I love me some Dr. Seuss! And I love that, in the end, it is a young person who is entrusted with shaping the world--yay, empowere...more
Michael
Classic social and economic treatise on the tragedy of the commons and the futility of environmentalist agitation in the absence of property rights.
Emmajayne
HISTORY OF MY ASSOCIATION WITH THIS BOOK

Age 8 read 'The Lorax': Cried.

Age 10 saw the 1972 Lorax movie:
Watched the screen, rapt and inspired for the whole 25 minutes. Proceeded to go home and cry.

Age 16 saw the 2012 Lorax movie:
Was oldest person in cinema but still watched the screen, rapt and inspired for the 86 minutes running time. Admittedly cried *quietly* in back row.

In all seriousness, there are some books that shape people. This is mine.
Others can talk of the educational benefits of te...more
Haroon
Okay, Finally now that I have read the book and seen the film, I will do a book and movie review of The Lorax by Dr suess.

This book is highly philosiphical and just like aristotle and plato, really puts a deep thought into your mind, a corruption forming message... okay maybe i'm exaggerating a bit too much but I thought this book had a really deep message about environment. The book was very short though since it was a kids book and its's quite hard to review so I am just going to show you a gi...more
Rachel T.
Apr 07, 2008 Rachel T. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone Awesome
The book that I read was "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess.This book is very inspiring to people of all agaes to start caring about the environment, and stop caring about themselves. The main characters in this book would have to be the Lorax and the Onceler. The Onceler is a man looking for meaning in life, or to start a business. He sees this beautiful land and decides he will use the lands resources to start a business....well lets just see what the Lorax thinks of this!
When the Onceler finds this b...more
Gerry
What is the Lorax? The only person who knows is the Once-ler who has lived in the Street of the Lifted Lorax where the Grickle-grass grows for many years ... and he is not telling or letting you see more than an arm, or tentacle, of the Lorax,

The Once-ler will, however, tell the story of the Lorax over the lengthy Whisper-ma-Phone for a small fee that is passed up to his lofty domain in a bucket.

Apparently the Lorax had words with the Thneed over the destruction of the beloved Truffula Trees. Th...more
Keri Payton
This is the story of how the Lorax was lifted away. Read this book and come to understand you just may.

I had never heard - or at least had no memory - of 'The Lorax' before I saw the posters for the upcoming film adaptation. He was a strange orange sight I didn't understand. Now I've read his story and I intend to do so again and again.

This is a story of financial gain at the cost of the environment. It is a tale of greed and redemption. It shows us the benefits in standing up for others and not...more
Kat
Move over Chinese calendar, there's a new animal (?) to add to the wheel. This is apparently the Year of the Lorax, because my son wants to read this story EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Good thing I love the story.

Basic Plot: Evil corporate goon comes to unspoiled wilderness, destroys it, and then has to live with what he has done.

Kinda depressing concept for a kids' book isn't it? The whole book starts off dark and gloomy, in this polluted environment that's nothing but grey and drab. I was sure the 4-ye...more
Dolly
Jun 26, 2008 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading to their kids
This is a classic Dr. Seuss story with an environmental message. The rhyming narrative and colorful illustrations combine for an entertaining read aloud. We really enjoyed reading this book together and have read it several times.

This story was selected as one of the books for the April 2010 - Environmental and Nature Themes reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

March 2012 update: In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, we decided to take our girls to see the...more
Rebekah
One of my favorite books of all times. A couple years ago they were clearcutting a long stretch of road in the town I grew up in. My dad and I got up in arms and decided we would go underground as the Lorax. We made up signs and attached them to scrap wood and went out in the wee hours of the morning to post them around stumps and tree-chewing machinery. The signs showed a picture of the lorax and said "I speak for the trees." I heard some people talking about it, but it didn't do anything to st...more
Crystal Marcos
I remember reading the Lorax as a child and what stuck out the most in my mind was the dark and eerieness of a world without life. I read it again today. (Side note for those of you who don't know Kohl's has 4 Dr.Suess Books and the green book for $5 each made on 60% recycled paper and the money goes to Kohl's cares for kids. They have new books every month) I thought it was fitting to have this title seeing as how it deals with saving the earth. I enjoyed reading this book again. I loved seeing...more
Alana
I certainly wasn't expecting the rather dark, serious tone of this one from our usually very cheerful, silly Dr. Seuss. Definitely a more obvious message, and a bit more "tree hugger" than I expected from Seuss. I liked it, though I think I'd have to read it with care with a child, depending on the sensitivity of the individual child. Definitely not a "and they had it all cleaned up before Mom got home" kind of story like The Cat in the Hat. But very worth reading with a child, to talk about the...more
Erin R
This story presents the complicated issue of caring for our environment to children in an approachable lesson about the mythical creature “the Lorax”. The Lorax “speaks for the trees” as he defends a forest of “Truffula” trees from the greedy axe of the Once-ler, a man selfishly determined to make a fortune without thought to his lasting impact on the environment and creatures around him. The Once-ler is successful, as least for a while. But before long, the Truffula trees are all gone, the fore...more
Nadine Larter
Have taken gross advantage of the fact that my kid is feeling ill enough to let me read to him. usually trying to read to him is a disaster! Luckily he absolutely loves The Lorax so he was quite happy to let me read it. I think Dr. Seuss definitely hit on something grand when he decided to make all his books rhyme. The lyrical quality that automatically creeps into ones voice while reading rymes is definitely a good things for children!
Julie Sondra Decker
In a showdown between the Lorax's environmental conservationist voice and the Once-ler's rampant consumerism and greed, a grim future is shown to await us if we are not responsible with our resources.

First off, the book is packed with the quintessential Seuss invented words, which make it fun for kids to read because they feel less like they're being force-fed vocabulary lessons. And the illustrations are lovely as usual--especially the depiction of Truffula trees, which look so squishy and bush...more
Shealyn
it is a awesome book and my friend and i are making part 2 of the Lorax .
Ash
Sep 07, 2009 Ash rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Most children's books have a meaning, a moral if you will. It would seem as though 'The Lorax' had a meaning and message for the future generations, a warning even. My third grade teacher read us this story, and asked us what we thought, many were able to see the connections between our world and the world of the Lorax, where slowly piece by piece the world was destroyed by people with only money on the brain.

I was later read this book during High School, which would seem a strange time to be re...more
Debbie Reiber

The Lorax by Dr. Suess is a picture book. The age group this is intended for is nursery to intermediate. The book is about being greedy and cutting down the “Truffula Trees” to make “Thneeds.” The Lorax tried to warn the Once-ler that he was destroying the land and making it impossible for the animals to inhabit. Once-ler didn’t care and he made thneeds until every “Truffula Tree” was gone.
I love the rhyming and made up words to tell a story about the importance of the environment and greed. The...more
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto...more
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