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In this tale, Dr. Seuss tells the story of the Once-ler, a visionary entrepreneur, who uses natural resources, truffala trees, to create thneeds. While the Once-ler may at first glance appear to be nothing more than an innovative businessman, he soon gets caught up in the excitement of making money and desires to 'bigger' his industrial business. Despite desperate warnings from the Lorax, a creature who speaks for the trees and the other creatures, the Once-ler continues to grow his business and finds out too late the cost of his greediness.
Review by Grace Duddy
The Lorax is a colorful and imaginative tale that cautions the reader of the pitfalls of the societal 'bigger is better' attitude. The primary message of this book can be summed up in the cautionary words of the Lorax 'UNLESS someone like you; cares a whole awful lot; nothing is going to get better; It's not.'
These words which haunt the Once-ler will also continue to haunt and challenge any careful reader. The Lorax cleverly illustrates the importance of communal responsibility and environmental stewardship as well as the impact, for better or for worse, that one individual can have on the world.
Other Resources and Reviews:
- Preview of the Book and 334 Reviews: Google Books: The Lorax
- Discussion Questions for the Lorax: The Lorax Project in the Classroom
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