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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