Guest Author - Taisha Turner
We remember Dr. Seuss as the author and illustrator of popular children’s books. However, he wrote many political books. Three examples are The Lorax, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! and The Butter Battle Book. Dr. Seuss, a gifted writer, uses humor to share his views on the environment’s destruction, standardized school tests and war. The books are relevant today as when he wrote them. Adults with children will learn a lot by reading Dr. Seuss’ political picture books. Click on the book’s title for the full review.
The Lorax. Dr. Seuss writes a strong reason why the people of Earth should treasure our planet’s resources. In the book, due to the greed of making money they lay pristine areas to waste. They chop trees. They pollute ponds and air to make things for the Earth’s residents. In a time of Global Warning concerns, The Lorax is a good book for children and adults to read.
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! The government wants teachers to teach children to succeed on standardized tests. The schools whose students do not pass the tests are closed. They push creativity to the side. Students of Diffendoofer school show that so-called unorthodox schooling prepares them for success.
The Butter Battle Book. What happens when the Yooks and the Zooks go to battle because one group butters their bread on the bottom-side and the other butters the top-side? They built more sophisticated weapons than the other group. This continues until both sides build a bomb which can destroy the others and them, too.
All three political books by Dr. Seuss help children(not only kindergarten, but middle and high school) place the world’s actions in perspective. They help open a lively discussion on current events. Teachers keep a copy of The Lorax, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! and The Butter Battle Book in the classroom or borrow a copy from the school library, if a school library exits. So many schools have lost the school library because of cutbacks due to the funding of wars and standardized tests.
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Picture Books for Children
Early Reader Chapter Books for Children
List of Dr. Seuss Books Collection
Don Freeman's Books
Stan Berenstain's Books
Magic Tree House Books
Chronicles of Narnia Books
A Series of Unfortunate Events Books
Note: The Lorax, The Buttle Battle Book and Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! are from the library. Random House publishes Dr. Seuss titles.