The Lorax

The Lorax

Picture Book - 1971
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The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1971]
ISBN: 9780394823379
Branch Call Number: JP SEUSS
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm


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GCPL_EarlyLit Jun 28, 2017

An all-time classic, though a bad choice for bedtime because of the length. All kids should experience this book at some point.

Jan 17, 2017

Absolutely brilliant. I read that after it was released Dr Seuss said it was his best book yet, and you can see why.
The drawings are gorgeous, the rhythm is good, the story flows well, but really it's about the plot.
We need to do a better job looking after the planet. This book spells out why.

Jun 18, 2016

One of Dr Seuss' longer books and more suitable for slightly older children (who can handle both the length and the introduction to the concept that we need to look after the world around us).

ss1989 Oct 04, 2015

the end is very poignant and always makes me weepy

SPL_Childrens Feb 27, 2013

Few names have become as familiar to children and parents as that of the beloved author/illustrator, Dr. Seuss. From his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street ( published in 1937) to his last, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, published 50 years later, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s picture books have always aroused a sense of wonder and excitement on the part of children who read or listen to them.

February 25 to March 1 is “Dr. Seuss Week” in the United States this year - an appropriate time to reflect upon the origins of some of his best-known stories.

You may not know that The Cat in the Hat was actually written in response to the traditional “Dick and Jane” readers. Seuss was challenged by a director of Houghton Mifflin Publishing to create an easy-to-read story which children would actually want to read (instead “the mind-numbing dullness of Dick and Jane and their mundane lives that consisted mostly of watching Spot run.”) Years later, Seuss said that he took great pride in helping to oust the Dick and Jane stories from many American school libraries!

Then Seuss was asked to create a fun-to-read children’s story using no more than 50 unique words – a seemingly impossible task. The wildly successful result was the beloved story,Green Eggs and Ham.

Some of his books, although seemingly nonsensical, reflected Seuss’ own social and political views. The Sneetches reflected his views on racial equality; Yertle the Turtle, his mistrust of dictators such as Adolf Hitler; The Butter Battle Book, his anxiety about the arms race, and The Lorax expressed his disgust with consumerism and anti-environmental practices. (The book became a rally cry for environmentalists, but the logging industry claimed that The Lorax - which spoke about the wanton destruction of natural resources such as trees - was unfair. In fact, the lumber industry actually commissioned a children’s book to present the opposite point of view!)

Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, published in 1957, was also a criticism of consumerism - particularly of Christmas-season consumerism. (In this tale, the Grinch and his dog stole all the Christmas presents, dinners and decorations in Whoville, anticipating that the Whos would be devastated and their Christmas ruined. When the Whos continued their happy celebrations instead, the Grinch realized that Christmas means much more than presents and feasting.)

Perhaps one of the most surprising truths about this iconic author is that he almost wasn’t an author! That’s right – his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected no less than 27 times by the publishing industry, until Vanguard Press finally accepted it.

The world of children’s literature owes a huge debt to Vanguard Press ... and to the fertile imagination and wit of Theodor Seuss Geisel, sixteen of whose books are on the Publisher’s Weekly’s list of the “100 of the Top-Selling Hardcover Children’s Books of All Time”.

If your favourite Dr. Seuss book isn’t on the shelves of the Stratford Public Library at this time, you can make a request for it online, by email, by phone, or in person. The Library offers various biographies about this notable author, such as The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss by Charles D. Cohen – or you can visit the database Somethingabout the Author, available from home or in the library.

Jan 12, 2013

I loved this book! I had watched the movie and it was awesome. All the animals were extremly cute!

JewelMcLatchy Jul 14, 2012

Great book with a good message, one which my first year university sociology professor was fond of quoting "biggering and biggering and biggering and BIGGERING!"

Doritos35 Mar 04, 2012

The movie is really good, and it has a great moral!

green_thumb Jul 18, 2011

Nice environmental message.

debwalker Mar 18, 2011

Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Betty White will provide the principal voices for Illumination Entertainment's 3D CGI animated film The Lorax, based on the tale by Dr. Seuss, reported.

March 18, 2011

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