Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Dr. Seuss is the award-winning and Best-selling American author and illustrator of the story,The Lorax. The classic hardcover book has fifty-six pages. Kids between four and eight-year-old are the target group. The Lorax, like many Dr. Seuss Classic Children Books, is pleasant to all age groups. Besides, The Lorax has a powerful message that everyone on the planet Earth needs to read.
The Lorax begins with a mysterious, old man locked in a tower. At first, he refuses to tell his story. He relents and tells the story of Once-ler. Once-ler finds a beautiful land with tall Truffula trees and green Grickle-Grass. The businessman cuts the Truffula trees and ignores the Jeremiads of the Lorax's warnings. Wreckage replaces the once pristine area, but does Once-ler listen to the Lorax? No! He continues destroying trees to make Thneed, a “Fine thing all people need.”. Soon the air and pond are so polluted all the area's occupants leave. The Lorax are the last to go.
It does not end so sadly. Dr. Seuss gives the reader a ray of hope. On a rock is the single word: UNLESS. Before Once-ler leaves, he gives a small boy the last Truffula tree seed. If this small child realizes, the importance of the seed and nurtures it, there is hope. The mighty forests of Truffula trees with its singing birds and scampering animals will return.
The Lorax is Dr. Seuss’s ecological warning. He wrote it in 1971, but is still an important book today. Today we face global warming. Tree cutting, water and air pollution are major problems. Children need to be aware of the problems facing our earth, their future. The Lorax is one of Dr. Seuss political books.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and his other picture and board books are available at Amazon.com.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers! Children like learning about their world. Why things are things the way they are? Ask the child, "Why are there trees?" "What lives in the trees?" "What do does the child like about birds?" "What do they like about squirrels?” Ask open-ended questions, this allows kids to think and respond logically. They learn to speak in complete sentences. This helps them to become good writers.
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Note: The Lorax by Dr Seuss review copy is from the public library. Random House publishes Dr. Seuss and Magic Tree House Story Books for Young Readers.