The Lorax

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Long before ?going green? was mainstream, Dr. Seuss?s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale, we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots (?frisking about in their Bar-ba-loot suits as they played in the shade and ate Truffula Fruits?), and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale...

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Overview

Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale, we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots (“frisking about in their Bar-ba-loot suits as they played in the shade and ate Truffula Fruits”), and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.

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

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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.
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Review, USA Today, April 22, 2008:
"The Lorax. . . has been a perennial favorite of kids and parents since it was published in 1971."
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this classic story, the Once-ler describes how his greedy actions destroyed a beautiful and thriving environment. Children will enjoy the colorful characters and rhyming verse and adults will appreciate the subtle messages about the negative effects of deforestation, habitat destruction, and air and water pollution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394823379
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1971
  • Series: Classic Seuss Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 16,841
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    Would give 10 stars if available!

    I think it goes without saying that Dr. Seuss was a lyrical genius. We all grew up on his works, but this book is by far the best. I always enjoyed it's message and used it in my high school environmental science class to send a message to my students in a fun way. Now, I read it to my 8-month-old son. Yes, 8-month-old. And I've read it to him since he was born. He has an entire library of books, mostly board books and baby books, but this is honestly his favorite. He is enamored with the rhythm of the words and loves when I do the voice of the Lorax (and old British guy with the sniffles - LOL). This is a book that must be included in every library - parent or not.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    The lorax is my absolute favorite DR. seuss book of all time.I first recieved my own copy of this masterpiece for christmas back in 1986 after continuelly checking it out at the public library over and over.My mother would read this book to me almost every night before bed.And now that Iam an adult Iam so pleased to see this book is still available for younger generations.It has such a great message about about takeing something for granted ( this particular thing being nature)and abuseing it and useing it till its no longer there.Iam so glad to see that now 36 or 37 years after its first publication its stll available... outstanding!!!.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    A good read for kids!!!

    This is a very good book for kids any age. I cannot wait for the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -peace out
    A faithful reader

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    A Book For Everyone.

    I think this book is the best book Dr. Seuss wrote, except for Mulberry Lane,of course! I don't think that this is only for the young ones but anybody should take some time to read this.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Brilliant

    We read this book and watched the video of it for the beginning of the ecology unit in my 9th grade Biology class. It has an important messasge and a bittersweet ending. It doesn't matter if you're three or thirty, just read this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    This is the most important DR. Seuss book. It should be require

    This is the most important DR. Seuss book. It should be required reading for young students.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

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    Amazing book for both little kids and adults

    This book is greatly written and gets you thinking. Beautiful, makes you want to change and do something. Both sad and happy. A great read!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    Save the Trees

    This book is on the front lines of teaching our children to care about the enviroment. I couldn't put it down for days. It sometimes disturbed my reapeated shoutings of, "NO! DON'T CUT DOWN THE TRUFFULA TREES!" If you want your child to learn the value of living in harmony with nature, this is the book for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    LORAX IS THE BEST DR. SUESS BOOK OF ALL TIME!

    Dr. Suess wrote Lorax in the 1970s as a response to the rapid deforestation of American and global forest. It also was meant as a child's version of the industrializing world of the 1970s. The Lorax has to be my favorite Dr. Suess story because of the symbolism and message it sends. It is also one of the most controversial Dr. Suess books he's ever written. In 1980 something there was a huge lawsuit from logging companies, and it pushed them to sponsor a logging friendly childrens story. That has to be my favorite thing about the book, it just demonstrates how far companies are willing to go to keep there reputation and corrupt children. By far the Lorax is my favorite character because he is the only figure watching out for the well being of the wood and animals. As his name states, he repeatly asks for the Once-ler to lower the ax. He stands up for what he believes in even though he is standing alone. The Lorax is a courageous but failing hero of the story. The Lorax has to be my favorite book because of the characters, the message and the lawsuit aimed at it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    My five year old daughter loves this story. She is able to read much of it on her own which is building her confidence, and she understands the message in the story well. When we read the book together we talk about conservation and materialism on a basic level. Also, the final message of the story is powerful: if change is needed, one individual can make a huge difference, but he or she must act.
    Love Seuss!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Probably my least favorite Seuss book, just because I don't beli

    Probably my least favorite Seuss book, just because I don't believe in brainwashing children before they're old enough to understand what it is they're being brainwashed about. Now, granted, back when this boook was written, there may have been concerns about deforestation and spoliation of natural resources in the US. There aren't now. All of that stuff is happening overseas - Brazil, the former Eastern Bloc, etc. The problem is that kids don't know that and assume that big nasty evil corporations are cutting down all the truffula trees in their own backyard, and then inevitably some of them get so obsessed with the concept that it ingrains itself into their psyche and no amount of evidence to the contrary will ever sway them. Then, they read this book to their kids every day from the day they were born and talk about how important it is amd how everyone should be required (required!) to own it. Now, if the story started out with the line 'Far off in the land of...' I'd have less of a problem with it. The whole 'tragedy of the commons for two year olds' thing is still a problem though. That's a pretty advanced concept for a toddler, when they can't even get the idea of 'mine,' 'yours,' and 'ours' right.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Dr. Seuss strikes again.

    Dr. Seuss strikes again.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Recommended - good for kids

    My six year old says: "It has good words. And it is the best book I ever read. I like the story. It taught me that a Lorax popped out of a Truffula Tree. And I like the Lorax in it. I would give this book as a gift to a friend."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    The best Seuss book...great story, great message...a long time favorite in our family

    A great cast of characters including the humming fish, swomee swans, brown barbaloots and of course, the truffula trees are threatened by the greed of the Onceler and the effects of his production of thneeds (which everyone "needs"). Their only defender is the Lorax. Thoughtful and beautifully written, a cautionary tale for the young and old. You will wish you could find a truffula seed of your own; when you realize that you do have the power to be a Lorax everyday.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    Teacher Review

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classic story written in the form of a poem. An unnamed boy goes to see the Once-ler in a desolate corner of the town. The Once-ler tells the boy his tale of how he first arrived where they now stand, back then a beautiful forest of Truffula Trees, colorful woolly trees that were spread throughout the area and supported an ecosystem of fantastical creatures. The Once-ler arrived in a horse and cart and he sees there are Bar-ba-Loots (resembling bears) that run around eating Truffula fruits, Swomee Swans that sing and fly through the air, and Humming Fish that swim in the ponds and hum as they swim. However, the Once-ler was only interested in the Truffula Trees. He takes a sample of the Truffula tree, he decides to set up shop on the spot making Thneeds (a type of clothing). He chops down a tree and the Lorax ( an orange fellow with a big bushy mustache) jumps out of the stump and tells the Once-ler that he speaks for the trees and that he should not cut them down. The Once-ler does not listen and things become very bad for all of the creatures there as the Thneed business grows. This book plainly discusses pollution. The Once-ler doesn't care about the animals in the area only about making money and expanding his company. Students need to be aware of the things they do that cause pollution and ways that they can stop and prevent pollution from happening. Students can do community projects such as cleaning up a local park or even their school. Another activity is try to come up with ways to save energy and other ways to eliminate pollution. They could plant trees or flowers at school and care for them and then once the plant grows strong enough have it moved to a proper location. This book, even though it is a primary book, can be used for all elementary grades because of the message it represents. Raising students awareness about pollution and the damages it causes will be a great class assignment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Christmas

    As I remember from childhood, this was a favorite. My wife loves this story, so we both got it for our daughter. Definitely will enjoy reading it to her...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Wonderful story for children

    This story is wonderful for teaching children the importance of taking care of the environment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    My fav. Dr. Suess book! Love it!

    This is my all time favorite Dr. Suess book. I rember reading it all the time when I was little and still love it! Recommended to anybody, not just kids. An awesome book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    the Lorax

    this book is really really good. read it!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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