Prescient Dr. Seuss Environmental Warning Book: The Lorax (ages 4-12)

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss Warns About Environment Decades Ago

First published in 1971 long before concerns about the environment were common, Dr. Seuss penned The Lorax which warned against greed and unrestrained industrialization. This timeless tale is about the now remorseful “Once-Ler” who destroyed a pristine area that once flourished with fish, creatures and birds through his desire to “bigger.” The Lorax who pops out of the first tree he downs speaks for the trees and creatures but can’t change the Once-Ler’s mind until it’s too late.

The story begins with a young boy who dares to find out the Once-ler’s tale about how the Lorax got lifted and taken away. This young boy (the reader) learns how it once was before the Once-ler set up shop creating Thneeds from Truffala trees. When the last Truffula tree was chopped down and only a barren, polluted wasteland was left, the Lorax left. And unless this young boy “cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This young boy is the environment’s last hope and he is entrusted by the Once-Ler with the very last seed of the once plentiful Tuffula tree.

Glossary of Translated Terms:

Once-Ler: What Once Had Been

Truffula Tree: A Natural Resource

Thneed: Something We Think We Need But We Really Don’t

Biggered: Growing In a Greedy Way

Smogulous Smoke: Smog; Industrial Waste that Pollute the Air

Gluppity-Glupp and Schloppity-Schlopp: Industrial Waste that Pollutes the Water

Grickle Grass: Crab Grass or Any Other Non Desirable Plant

The Lorax: A Mossy, Bossy Creature Who Speaks for the Trees and Creatures

This wonderful picture book should be in every child’s library at home in hopes of all of us raising environmentally conscious children who will be able to one day bring the Lorax back.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Lisa Pedersen

    Thanks for this review. I think more people need to know about The Lorax. Our daughter loved me to read it to her before she was two! She probably just liked the sing-songiness of the words. Be now at five she knows it by heart. And it will be in her heart, forever.

  2. Well, thank you for adding me to your twitter list. I’m not sure if you have had a chance to check out my blogs but one of them is called “On The Lap”, it’s a fairly new blog with several contributing others. I’m sure we’ll be referencing your site. You’ve got some great book recommendations and list. It sounds like we are both extremely passionate about children’s literature. I wish I had more time to read these days though. Keep up the good work.

  3. My 5 year old just came home yesterday and told me that they had read this book at school for April/Earth Day. What a fabulous book to read to them and so ahead of its time for sure!

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