An inspiration to all, young and old.
Many people think Dr. Seuss books are full of nonsense rhymes and meaningless pictures filled with color. It’s true his imagination could run wild and create stories made up of humorous characters and make-believe landscapes. However, contrary to popular belief, Dr. Seuss has left a legacy full of not only adoring fans of his writing, but also strong supporters of his messages.
Using his words to create a magical world for kids to lose themselves in, the incredible Dr. Seuss introduces important messages that ring true generations later. The Lorax is no exception. This is definitely a favorite of mine, as the message he leaves regarding the environmental problems in our world is truly an inspiration.
“Unless, someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The Once-ler’s words remain true even today, more than 40 years after the publication of this book in 1971.
In case you haven’t read it, The Lorax is narrated by the old Once-ler, a character who went through life cutting down trees to make a profit. He discovered the soft, colorful Truffula Trees and decided to make a Thneed (“a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need”), which could be used as a shirt, a hat or even a bicycle seat.
The Once-ler ignored the Lorax when he said he speaks for the trees. Instead, the Once-ler traveled around and cut down every last one of the Truffula Trees, without any care for the Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba-loots, or Humming-Fish that lived in the forest and its surroundings.
At the end of the book, the Once-ler is a lonely character filled with regret, who lives in one of his old factories in a polluted area filled with smog. He gives a young boy the very last Truffula Tree seed in existence, and tells him to plant it, create a forest, and “then the Lorax and all of his friends may come back.”
Dr. Seuss truly created a masterpiece.
My father used to read this book to me frequently when I was a little girl, and it was always one of my favorites. As I grew up, the message that this book conveyed became even clearer. This book is very dear to me, as I believe it’s important for everyone to do their part for the environment, no matter how small the contribution.
Many situations in this book are similar to the problems occurring in our world today. The Once-ler’s factories began to pollute the air, the water and the forests. This had severely negative effects on the birds, fish and forest animals as they grew ill and were forced to move out of their homes. As sad as this is, it’s also happening all around us – and it’s our turn to do something about it.
In this book, the Once-ler’s excuse was “Business is business! And business must grow, regardless of crummies in tummies, you know.” Thankfully, many businesses are beginning to realize the importance of societal responsibility and giving back to the community, while taking care of the natural environment.
So whether you’re old or young, start helping the environment today by taking one small moment out of each day to contribute – by recycling your water bottles, carpooling to work or refraining from throwing your coffee cup out your car window. All of these things require minimal effort, but will have a huge impact on the environment, especially if thousands or even millions of us do the same.
This book just goes to show how the smallest of actions – planting one single Truffula Tree seed – can make the biggest impact you could ever imagine. If you haven’t read The Lorax, I highly recommend it for all ages! It’s a wonderful book that truly inspires you to do something positive for our beautiful Earth.
Movie Trailer: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
I was delighted to hear when the movie was released just a few years ago. It was just as inspiring as the book, with some aspects of our “future” world worked in as well.
Another Favorite Dr. Seuss Book
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
This is my number one favorite book by Dr. Seuss. It also leaves a great message with its readers. The book explains that the world is yours to discover, and you can make any choices you want in life – some will bring you to wonderful places and some will not, but you will learn from the all.
All illustrations from The Lorax and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!