At the start of the story, readers will wonder along with the little boy in the story.
” What was the Lorax?
And why was it there?
And why was it lifted and taken somewhere..? “
And as the Once-ler, the one who knows the truth will tell you, you will be taken into the past as the Once-ler tells you the story of how the Lorax was lifted and taken away.
Young readers will absolutely fall in love with the bright and colorful Truffula trees, the playful Bar-ba-loots, the humming Humming-Fish and the singing Swomee-Swans. And you will feel for the well-meaning Lorax whose words of caution and reminders fell on deaf ears.
This book just made a deeply serious message about being responsible to our environment in a direct yet entertaining way. The book starts with bright colorful illustrations that progressed into dull and depressing scenes representing outcomes when you don’t have any concern with mother nature.
Thankfully though, the book ends with a message of hope that made us feel the book isn’t just reprimanding us for not having any care. It makes us feel that, hey, you can do something.
“UNLESS someone like you cares
a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
– The Lorax
I love how Dr. Seuss managed to make a serious issue like this one readable to children. His creativity in taking a stand for nature while taking pains to make sure his little readers get the moral of the story, makes this fanciful tale one of a kind. His message though penned decades ago is still very relevant today.
I strongly recommend this book to be read to your kids. It would be good to note though that you may have to find out how your kids interpreted the book and discuss it with them in a fun way or you’ll find yourself being asked for Truffula trees in your yard or Bar-ba-loots as pets.
Ratings: 5/5 stars
Author: Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 4+