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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
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The story "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss is a very good children's book. The Lorax is about A young boy residing in a polluted, grim world visits a strange creature called the Once-ler who lives in such seclusion that he never appears in full and only his limbs are shown. He asks the Once-ler why the world is in such a run-down state. The Once-ler explains to the boy that he arrived in a beautiful, cheerful world containing happy, playful fauna that spent their days romping around blissfully among "Truffula trees." The Once-ler begins to cut down the truffula trees, thinking they will help him craft "Thneeds," his invention that he thinks everyone will need.The Lorax, a small orange creature, appears from the stump of a truffula tree. He "speaks for the trees" and warns the Once-ler of the consequences of cutting down the truffula trees, but the Once-ler ignores him. Soon the once beautiful land becomes polluted and the fauna flee to find more hospitable habitats. Eventually the final Truffula tree is cut down, and without Truffulas the Once-ler cannot make any more Thneeds. This leads to the closure of Once-ler's factory and the disappearance of the Lorax. The Once-ler lingers on in his crumbling residence, living in seclusion and remorse, while pondering over a message the Lorax left behind: a stone slab etched with the word "Unless". The Once-ler now realizes that the Lorax means that "unless" someone cares, the situation will not improve. The book then returns to the present, ending on an ambiguous yet optimistic note where the Once-ler gives the boy the last Truffula seed and encourages him to plant it so that Truffula trees can return as well as the fauna, and so would the Lorax. The age that I would categorize this book would be nursey because of the many lessons and different colors that the author uses in the story. The artistic elements in this book would be that Dr. Seuss used many bright and vibrant colors to show how fun this book is. Also this story uses many different lines like straight, curvey, and wavey lines throughout the story. I would recommend this story because this book has many good life lessons throughout the story like if people don't care about a situation then other people won't care and the situation will never get solved. Also I liked the many different vibrant colors the author used because since the author used all these colors, this makes for the perfect story for kids because of the bright colors that will attract the kids to the book.
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