by Dr. Seuss
The Lorax Theme of Man and the Natural World
From the Once-ler's his own lips, we learn how the dude almost single-glovedly ruins an entire forest. He smogs up its skies, runs off its critters, and mucks up its waters with industrial waste. But it turns out that his environment-hating ways come back to bite him. If only he'd listened to the Lorax. Sound like a lesson? That's because it is. And The Lorax is a smart—and totally hilarious—way to help kids connect with the natural world and explore their own relationship with it.
Questions and Answers
Q: Can fish really walk on land?
A: Why, yes they can!
Q: Why doesn't the Once-ler care that he's making the forest ugly?
A: How do you know he doesn't care? And now that it's done, what should he do? Is an apology enough? Should he exile himself to Tristan de Cunha?