Thursday, March 6, 2008


"I speak for the Trees" - the Lorax
The Lorax by Dr. Suess
Random House 1971
"The now remorseful Once-ler--our faceless, bodiless narrator--tells the story himself. Long ago this enterprising villain chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba- loots, and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. As the trees swiftly disappear and the denizens leave for greener pastures, the fuzzy yellow Lorax who speaks for the trees repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Finally the Lorax extricates himself from the scorched earth, leaving only a rock engraved "UNLESS."
With his own colorful version of a compelling morality play, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost--the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed! Our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future." -

1 comment:

Robin Rivers said...

This is a favourite book at our house. Our daughter, who is working on 3, is really starting to understand the whole deal and often asks me why they would cut down all of the truffula trees.

I have this theory that if she understands our effect on the planet early, she'll never have to work her way into environmental responsibility like our generation has. She'll just know it.