The Lorax

The Lorax

Hardcover | August 12, 1971


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Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.

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In this cautionary tale of greed and environmental destruction, the lovable Lorax tries to save the Truffula Forest and its inhabitants from disaster at the hands of the cantankerous Once-ler. Full-color illustrations

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Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees c...

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Review, USA Today, April 22, 2008:"THE LORAX . . . has been a perennial favorite of kids and parents since it was published in 1971."

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and othe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:72 pages, 11.31 × 8.25 × 0.41 inPublished:August 12, 1971Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0394823370

ISBN - 13:9780394823379

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

Customer Reviews of The Lorax


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lorax I love this book. It was a favourite with my own children, my grandchildren, and with my students of all ages. The environmental message is as pertinent today as it was when this story was first introduced.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Great way to teach children thw importance of taking care of our environment.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Teachable Book We used this book to discuss the importance of the environment with our kids. It helped make an impact with them.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One my Favourite Books Perfect book to read to children when discussing Earth and how to keep it clean! Instant classic!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute Such a cute story! I love how it is printed on recycled paper! Perfect add on to go with the story :) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it One of the kids' favourite book to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is a classic kids story and a family favorite at our house!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Teacher's Favourite! I read The Lorax to my class every year and they love it! It's a wonderful story that ties into environmental awareness. Students are able to connect with the issues in the story in a meaningful way. Would definitely recommend this book to fellow teachers!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A timeless favorite! I love the way this book has helped my kids appreciate nature. Dr. Seuss is makes the importance of conservation obvious but in a humorous and creative method.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Book for Kids! The Lorax was a book I never read as a kid, but I read it for a children's literature course and I loved it! Such a fantastic message told in a fun, creative way! There is also so much meaning hidden in the art!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Tale For Kids One of those books you can go back to as an adult and learn more from. Loved it's lesson, illustrations and the reminder that if even one person believes or tries, there is always hope to turn things around. A must-read!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our favorite Our favorite children's book. Love that it's printed on recycled paper!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it often I have loved this book since I was little. I loved it so much I had the whole thing memorized. It made me want to be better, do better. I think that every child should read this, and read it often.
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was originally written in 1971, but still holds true today. Basically, it is the environment vs. big business and it points out the danger to the environment. It is a picture book, but this is one isn't only for kids. Like with some of Dr. Seuss's other books, this one holds up very well for adults, too. It took a few pages to get used to some of the made-up words, and I do think Dr. Seuss is better read out loud, even if you are only reading it to yourself. Overall, though, I loved this one! I like that the edition I read from the library (reprinted in 1999) was printed on recycled paper.
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Timeless Message The Lorax is a timeless book that is an absolute must read for all children. Written by the brilliant Dr. Seuss and published in 1971, the message was as clear then as it is now thirty nine years later. The story follows the Onceler as he finds a beautiful land on which he starts a business selling Thneeds. Thneeds are a “Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need” and are made by chopping down Truffala trees. The business gets bigger and bigger all the while harming the creatures that populated the land…until all the trees are gone. The moral to this timeless tale shows the negative implications of clear cutting our forests. It reflects on our modern societies’ irresponsible use of our resources in favour of getting bigger things (homes, televisions, vehicles). As a society we tend to prioritize our wants over our needs; in my opinion we have become a greedy and materialistic population. However, there is hope in society just as Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) suggests in The Lorax. Unless we care for our precious resources, nothing will get better. I recommend reading The Lorax to children of all ages, as it’s never too early or too late to take care of our planet. If we work towards the same goal we can reduce consumerism and ensure a cleaner place for future generations. I also recommend other works written by Dr. Seuss: The Sneetches and Horton Hears a Who are fantastic tales that teach children and adults the difference between right and wrong.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is this book Dangerous? A Review of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax Dr. Seuss's The Lorax is a fantastic story by one of the most lovable, creative children's books authors ever. In the story, Seuss presents a statement concerning the environment in his own original way. Of course, the book would not be complete without those witty rhymes and colorful illustrations. The Lorax "speaks for the trees" and tries to save the Truffula trees from the greedy Once-ler. The Lorax protects the trees and all the creatures that inhabit them. When the Once-ler comes and desires to cut down the Truffula trees, the Lorax tries to stop him, but he fails. The Once-ler cuts down every last Truffula tree, pollutes the environment, and drives all the creatures, including the Lorax, off the land. The story does end on a positive note, but to learn what it is, you must read the book for yourself. Because The Lorax was first published in 1971, it is easy to believe that the story is referring directly to the environmental movement of the 1960's. The story clearly illustrates the themes of conservation, love, and respect for the land. The author grabs the reader's attention in the beginning of the story by starting in the future and then narrating the past. The reader sees the death and bareness of the land first and then learns the causes for the current state of the environment. Seuss approaches the subject in a blunt and obvious critique of the methods used to strip resources from the land. This story sends a simple, yet powerful statement about the world in which we live. Because of the book's strong message concerning the environment (clear-cutting forests in particular,) this children's book has found itself on the Banned Books List. The reason is simple. Several logging companies feel threatened by the book and its message. They are afraid of people reading the book and making the great discovery that clear-cutting is bad for the environment! I believe that if this book has been placed on the Banned Book List, then the goal of the story has been achieved. The entire purpose of this book was not just to make kids laugh but to point out that clear-cutting is a serious problem. We, as humans, are trashing the environment. Sometimes the message is the most effective when it is reduced to its simplest form. In the future, this problem will rest in the hands of our children and educating children will help them make better choices than previous generations have.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning through Dr. Seuss In The Lorax, Dr. Seuss provides the reader, and more importantly, the child being read to with a powerfrul message about the consequences of irresponsible actions and wasteful consumption that can be applied to individual lives, as well as North American culture in general. The story, published in 1971, is incredibly relvant to the today's reader, given our increased consciousness of the impact that the human race has had, and continues to have on our environment. The book is a story wherein a character called the Once-Ler tells a young child about a time when the dark and dreary setting "at the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows" used to be bright and full of life. When the Once-Ler first came to this place, it was covered with a wonderful plant called the Truffula Tree. Quickly realizing the usefulness of this resource, the Once-Ler got to work making Thneeds out of it (a Thneed is an all-purpose garment "everyone needs"). to complicate matters, the Lorax appearedout of the first tree that the Once-Ler cut down and immediately began hassling the Once-Ler over his use of the trees. The Once-Ler, blinded by the profits made from the sale of Thneeds, ignored the Lorax and expanded his business more and mmore until he drove the wildlife, including the Loraz, from the area, polluted the environment beyond repair, and harvested the Truffula trees to extinction.The story ends with the Once-Ler expressing regret for his action and giving a child a Truffula tree seed, so that the child may plant it, save the environment, and hopefully bring the Lorax back. The Lorax is a great read for both children and adults. Its overt message is clear enough that the child will grasp it with ease and important enough that every child should be exposed to it. But also, there are more subtle points about greed, irresponsibility, sustainability and thhe lack of foresight that resonate with an adult reader too. The image if the stump, where the Lorax once stood, engraved with word "USELESS" is a haunting reminder that there may indeed come a time when it is too late to save ourselves. For now, we can still provide our children with a seed of knowledge, of responsibility, and of compassion; but what if all the Once-Lers i the real world are allowed to continue valuing money-now over life-in-the-long-term? The Lorax will teach children and remind adults that individuals can influence their environment--for better or worse--and that is the responsiblity of everyone who "cares a whole lot" to do their part to keep our world bright and abundant. By: Adam
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real life crisis The book the Lorax by Dr.Seuss is a wonderful story about real life in a rhyming cartoon format. If the whole world read this book and understood its deeper meaning, I'm sure this world would be a cleaner and more beautiful place. The story describes problems such as water and air pollution and the problems with clear-cutting forestry. The word "unless" is one that we should all think about on a daily basis, because unless people care about the world we live in, nothing will change. Read this beautifully illustrated story to your children for enjoyment and a simple yet important moral.
Date published: 2001-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lorax The Lorax was a terrific book. It made me look at the Environment in a different way. The bar-ba-loots were so cute. That darn Once-ler is sooo mean for killing the animal's habitats and pollution. I'm doing a Geography project on it.
Date published: 2001-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lesson we all could learn... This book is my favourite of Dr. Seuss' work. I have read it so many times and each time it has touched me. It's a good story for anyone to read since it mocks us and our need for dumb gadgets and gizmos at any cost (even the destruction of the environment). One thing, a friend lost my original copy and I noticed they took out a line: "I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie." Did anyone else notice this? (the part where the fish have to leave)
Date published: 2000-09-20

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From Our Editors

In this cautionary tale of greed and environmental destruction, the lovable Lorax tries to save the Truffula Forest and its inhabitants from disaster at the hands of the cantankerous Once-ler. Full-color illustrations

Editorial Reviews

Review, USA Today, April 22, 2008:
"The Lorax. . . has been a perennial favorite of kids and parents since it was published in 1971."

Employee Review

This darker, moralistic story was one of Seuss's later works. Its message is important and timely. It is about a creature who comes to a peaceful land, sets up a factory, gets greedy and single-handedly destroys the environment. Seuss's moralistic tales -- see also Yertle the Turtle -- lack any subtlety at all, and occasionally the rhymes are contrived. But still, this book is beautifully illustrated, the kids enjoy it and it nicely ends on a hopeful note. Like Oh, The Places You'll Go, this book deserves to be a bestseller for all ages.