The Lorax by Dr. SeussThe Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax

byDr. Seuss

Hardcover | August 12, 1971

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Celebrate nature with Dr. Seuss and the Lorax in this classic picture book about protecting the environment!
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to speak up and stand up for those who can’t. With a recycling-friendly “Go Green” message, The Lorax allows young readers to experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted, all in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. The book’s final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference. 
Printed on recycled paper, this book is the perfect gift for Earth Day and for any child—or child at heart—who is interested in recycling, advocacy, and the environment, or just loves nature and playing outside.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
“Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama
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...
Title:The LoraxFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:72 pages, 11.31 × 8.31 × 0.43 inShipping dimensions:11.31 × 8.31 × 0.43 inPublished:August 12, 1971Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0394823370

ISBN - 13:9780394823379


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down my favourite Seuss book We have been reading this book for years - it never gets old!
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Greatest Children's Story This is my favourite Dr. Seuss book of all time. It has a wonderful message. I recommend this for anyone thinking of buying a book as a present for children.
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book is very close to the movie, which my children loved. The illustrations are very colorful for the little ones to look at while I read to them.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Message This is a book with a great message for all. The book is fun to read and it teaches everyone to love and respect the environment. Nice that there is a movie to go along with it.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thumbs up So fun, quirky, creative and impactful. Save the environment!
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kids loved it My kids really enjoyed this book and then enjoy it even more now after watching the movie! Dr. Seuss books are the best!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent message The reason I love this book is because the message isn't too preachy. I find most other environmental things to be a bit forceful. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still relevant! I love this book and its message! Great story to get kids thinking about the environment!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun My nephew loves this story, and is constantly quoting from the book.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book about environmental issues I think this book sums up our current environmental problems better than anything else I've ever read about the issue.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who doesn't love a Dr. Seuss book? All children should read these books! They are fun, entertaining, and educational. Simply magical!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lorax Read this multiple times as a kid, a fantastic little lesson with colorful pictures and wacky creatures.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a favourite dr seuss book I love the Lorax! there are so many things you can do with this book in the classroom. from writing to art and I always read it on Earth day so we can talk about how/what we can do to make the world a better place.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional! Always loved Dr. Seuss' books. Great for teaching environmental responsibilities!
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic and Educational This is a classic, in Dr Seuss's rhyming and illustrative style. It's the perfect book to read to children in order to develop a sense of care for the environment, and it will teach them how they can positively (and negatively) impact it.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. Such a great way to teach kids about the environment.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I read this book to my class every Earth Day! They love it!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! One of my favourite Dr. Seuss books because of the message it tells! Adorable characters as well!
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Easy repetitive quirky language makes it a fun read #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! The message of environmental responsibility and saving what we have left still rings pure and true. Plus, the Lorax is so adorable and poofy.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Amazing book to teach kids to take care of the earth and environement around us ! Bought this book after seeing the movie and i was not disappointed ! An excellent buy
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lorax What a great Dr Seuss book
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Should Read This! My favorite Dr. Seuss book and has a great message for all readers!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for all ages Really important lesson for everyone. Buy this for your kids to instill good lessons about protecting the environment!!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUY IT! OH MY GOSH! I loved this book (& the movie too). Anything by Dr. Seuss is so great!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this book Just bought this for my daughters and they really enjoy reading it
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Book!!! My son loves this book, as do I. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Learning Tool This book is an awesome language lesson paired with the movie the students will love it.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This book is a good read. It's entertaining.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless classic I bought this book when my kids were 3 and years later they still love it. A great story that teaches us to take better care of the environment.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story!! This is one of my favourite Dr Seuss books! Cool characters and colours and a great message!!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story good message for kids. protect the environment
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Dr. Seuss' most memorable! Our daughter stumbled across this book at the library and it instantly became her favourite! The lessons are so simple, yet so poignant (hard to believe we are still facing the same environmental issues since its original publication). A must read!
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Book for teaching about being Green! This is a colourful book that captures the imagination and teaches about he environment !
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of Dr.Seuss This book has fun poetry and bright illustration to keep kid`s attention while teaching them about of taking care of nature and how the economic works in our world.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lesson A great story to teach kids about environmentalism.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Such a great book about environmentalism and greed
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahead of it's time The book is such a wonderful way to bring an eco-centric view of the world into a child's life. Dr. Seuss' predictions so long ago are spot on and are so pertinent to today's society. Beyond the wonderful morale, the story, rhymes, characters and illustrations stay true to the classic Dr. Seuss theme.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suess is the best! My kids love this like all the Suess books out there! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and educational Rhymes and has a great message
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Great story and colorful too!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book colorful and fun, and great story to go with it
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book has a very powerful meaning. I loved it as a child
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Educational It's a good way to teach children a little about global warming.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book, Powerful Meaning This book is very good at communicating the environmental crises of our world to children. I certainly got a lot from it as a child. A well told story.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lorax A classic! My daughter loves this book and movie. It has such a great meaning to it too.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book with a meaning behind it. Read it as a child, And again was re-introduced to it in high school geography class for the lessons it teaches in protecting the environment.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read with an even greater lesson. This is definitely a book that every child should read or have it read to them. It teaches about the importance of protecting the environment!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational Great book to read and teach children about saving the environment
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for your home library In true Dr. Seuss style, teaching kids complicated themes such as pollution and global warming in a simplified, whimsical way--a great story
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Seuss I've loved this story ever since I could read, and its message still stands as an important one.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lesson Great story teaching kids to be more environmental and care for our Earth
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ages Well A long Dr Seuss book, but this one seems really timely for us. A very good environmental book. Good to read for fun, or in school as a lesson on environmentalism. Movie is good too, but the book has the real Dr. Seuss magic.
Date published: 2017-01-21
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 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

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.