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The Lorax

The Lorax


by Dr. Seuss

Home Dr Seuss The Lorax Themes Man and the Natural World

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

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

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?

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