Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Good Day dear Readers,
What Earth Day week celebration can happen without the Lorax joining us? He saw what could happen, gave his warning, and nobody listened. Even today, Lorax's are out and about, giving us warning to not be greedy, to take care of our earth. Are we listening yet?

Why not go out and rent  Dr. Seuss's The Lorax?

Here's the original post from when I first went to see the movie:

That incessant little dragon, Dirkus, would not leave me alone about going to see the "tree guy movie." I also coaxed my young prince who's favorite words are "Whatever dude," to come along. This was no easy feat since he thinks he is much to royally minded to be seen at a Dr. Seuss movie.

Of course, we all read the book first before going. This is something I insist on before we see a movie.

I'm happy to say, that the movie creators were able to keep Seuss's story while tweaking it up for today's audience and the experience was enchanting. Even the young prince said, "Yeah, it was good."

Wow, that's a five star review coming from him! Of course Dirkus loved the bears, loved the fish, loved the story and is now running home so he can draw the fun, colorful trees. I made sure to give him plenty of paper to make his creations on.

So, if you are looking for some feel-good family entertainment, with a good message everyone can chew on afterward, then I highly recommend you all first read the Lorax, then go see the movie.

Happy Reading
The Queen

Book Details
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Hardcover: 72 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1971)
ISBN-13: 978-0394823379

Book Summary from Amazon.com:
"Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not."

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty.

"The big, colorful pictures and the fun images, word plays and rhymes make this an amusing
exposition of the ecology crisis."—School Library Journal.

Reading Adventures:
There is so much take-away value in both the book and the movie. Yes, it speaks against consumer greed and wasting our natural resources. Just in that, there is much to discuss about ways we can replace what's taken from the earth. Recycling. Planting trees. Not littering. And the list goes on.

But there's more. Spring is a time when new things grow. Take time to plant a garden. Let your children explore dirt. Describe in words what dirt feels like, what it smells like. There is a whole world of wonder beneath the soil. Talk about the creatures that live there. How things grow. What plants do for our health and environment. 

Wouldn't it be horrible if we actually had to buy bottled air, just like we have to buy bottled water? 
There was a time I once thought that was a big joke, having to buy water. Now here we are. 

For years, the warnings have been out there. Isn't it time to listen, take heed and teach our children that they can make a difference? 

It might be. 
Here's the movie trailer. There's lots of activities to be found out there that will go along nicely with this story.. Don't let it be just another movie you go to see, but a real experience that opens your child's mind to making a difference. 

“Only you can control your future.” 
― Dr. Seuss

1 comment:

Eric VanRaepenbusch said...

We haven't seen the movie yet, but it looks great. I am so happy to hear that they kept the story intact, because it is such a good one! I love your reading adventure ideas -- the weather has been so nice here that it has us itching to do some planting.