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The Lorax (Classic Seuss) Hardcover – Picture Book, August 12, 1971
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I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to treat the planet with kindness and stand up and speak up for others. Experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. The book’s final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference.
Printed on recycled paper, this book is the perfect gift for Earth Day and for any child—or child at heart—who is interested in recycling, advocacy, and the environment, or just loves nature and playing outside.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
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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)
"The Lorax. . . has been a perennial favorite of kids and parents since it was published in 1971."
- ASIN : 0394823370
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1971)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 72 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780394823379
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394823379
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 560L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 4
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.34 x 0.46 x 11.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The rhyming makes the lesson on environmental stewardship catchy and fun, will simultaneously being clear, concise, and timeless.
A quick 15 minute read that 9 to 13 year olds enjoyed reading with someone else due to the bright pictures on every page, rhyming, silliness, and complete reading of the story in one sitting.
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Furthermore, what illustrations are left have been awkwardly and often clumsily cropped into new dimensions, cutting out masses of Seuss' original drawings and generally messing up what used to be lovely balanced and detailed compositions. If you're buying this book for the art as well as the story, you should know that this book just wrecks the half of the illustrations which haven't been cut out entirely.
Please find yourself a complete copy and experience this book the way Dr. Seuss intended. I'm horrified to imagine what the author would think of this blundersome hack-job edit of one of the great children's masterpieces.
They so often seem to get trashed as soon as they are planted, in current townscapes.
Children nowadays rarely seem to be taught at school the important part that trees play in cleaning and replenishing the air that we all breathe - a fact that makes each and every one of them worthy of our guardianship.
It was written in fairly straight-forward language and was easy for my 6-year old grand-daughter to digest. We both enjoyed it!