The Lorax

The Lorax

by Dr. Seuss


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394823379
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/1971
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 8,482
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

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 others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into forty-five languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes three Caldecott Honors, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. To learn more about Dr. Seuss—and for fun games and activities—visit!

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Review, USA Today, April 22, 2008:
"The Lorax. . . has been a perennial favorite of kids and parents since it was published in 1971."

Customer Reviews

Lorax 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lorax is my absolute favorite DR. seuss book of all time.I first recieved my own copy of this masterpiece for christmas back in 1986 after continuelly checking it out at the public library over and over.My mother would read this book to me almost every night before bed.And now that Iam an adult Iam so pleased to see this book is still available for younger generations.It has such a great message about about takeing something for granted ( this particular thing being nature)and abuseing it and useing it till its no longer there.Iam so glad to see that now 36 or 37 years after its first publication its stll available... outstanding!!!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for kids any age. I cannot wait for the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -peace out A faithful reader
Bookgal5000 More than 1 year ago
I think this book is the best book Dr. Seuss wrote, except for Mulberry Lane,of course! I don't think that this is only for the young ones but anybody should take some time to read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it goes without saying that Dr. Seuss was a lyrical genius. We all grew up on his works, but this book is by far the best. I always enjoyed it's message and used it in my high school environmental science class to send a message to my students in a fun way. Now, I read it to my 8-month-old son. Yes, 8-month-old. And I've read it to him since he was born. He has an entire library of books, mostly board books and baby books, but this is honestly his favorite. He is enamored with the rhythm of the words and loves when I do the voice of the Lorax (and old British guy with the sniffles - LOL). This is a book that must be included in every library - parent or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We read this book and watched the video of it for the beginning of the ecology unit in my 9th grade Biology class. It has an important messasge and a bittersweet ending. It doesn't matter if you're three or thirty, just read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most important DR. Seuss book. It should be required reading for young students.
SherrieLM More than 1 year ago
My five year old daughter loves this story. She is able to read much of it on her own which is building her confidence, and she understands the message in the story well. When we read the book together we talk about conservation and materialism on a basic level. Also, the final message of the story is powerful: if change is needed, one individual can make a huge difference, but he or she must act. Love Seuss!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My six year old says: "It has good words. And it is the best book I ever read. I like the story. It taught me that a Lorax popped out of a Truffula Tree. And I like the Lorax in it. I would give this book as a gift to a friend."
REXx More than 1 year ago
This book is greatly written and gets you thinking. Beautiful, makes you want to change and do something. Both sad and happy. A great read!!
Throatwobbler__Mangrove More than 1 year ago
This book is on the front lines of teaching our children to care about the enviroment. I couldn't put it down for days. It sometimes disturbed my reapeated shoutings of, "NO! DON'T CUT DOWN THE TRUFFULA TREES!" If you want your child to learn the value of living in harmony with nature, this is the book for you.
cfergusn More than 1 year ago
As I remember from childhood, this was a favorite. My wife loves this story, so we both got it for our daughter. Definitely will enjoy reading it to her...
mcqueeezy More than 1 year ago
Dr. Suess wrote Lorax in the 1970s as a response to the rapid deforestation of American and global forest. It also was meant as a child's version of the industrializing world of the 1970s. The Lorax has to be my favorite Dr. Suess story because of the symbolism and message it sends. It is also one of the most controversial Dr. Suess books he's ever written. In 1980 something there was a huge lawsuit from logging companies, and it pushed them to sponsor a logging friendly childrens story. That has to be my favorite thing about the book, it just demonstrates how far companies are willing to go to keep there reputation and corrupt children. By far the Lorax is my favorite character because he is the only figure watching out for the well being of the wood and animals. As his name states, he repeatly asks for the Once-ler to lower the ax. He stands up for what he believes in even though he is standing alone. The Lorax is a courageous but failing hero of the story. The Lorax has to be my favorite book because of the characters, the message and the lawsuit aimed at it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is wonderful for teaching children the importance of taking care of the environment.
loveandmusic More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite Dr. Suess book. I rember reading it all the time when I was little and still love it! Recommended to anybody, not just kids. An awesome book!
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss strikes again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lorax is a wonderful commentary on environmental issues. It helps young children understand the importance of actively saving ones environment, while entertaining at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
READ THIS BOOK! It's one of my favorites! I'm sure you'll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! It is just amazing to read!!! I love love love dr seuss' books!!! Well made and great for kids who have just started reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great cast of characters including the humming fish, swomee swans, brown barbaloots and of course, the truffula trees are threatened by the greed of the Onceler and the effects of his production of thneeds (which everyone "needs"). Their only defender is the Lorax. Thoughtful and beautifully written, a cautionary tale for the young and old. You will wish you could find a truffula seed of your own; when you realize that you do have the power to be a Lorax everyday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classic story written in the form of a poem. An unnamed boy goes to see the Once-ler in a desolate corner of the town. The Once-ler tells the boy his tale of how he first arrived where they now stand, back then a beautiful forest of Truffula Trees, colorful woolly trees that were spread throughout the area and supported an ecosystem of fantastical creatures. The Once-ler arrived in a horse and cart and he sees there are Bar-ba-Loots (resembling bears) that run around eating Truffula fruits, Swomee Swans that sing and fly through the air, and Humming Fish that swim in the ponds and hum as they swim. However, the Once-ler was only interested in the Truffula Trees. He takes a sample of the Truffula tree, he decides to set up shop on the spot making Thneeds (a type of clothing). He chops down a tree and the Lorax ( an orange fellow with a big bushy mustache) jumps out of the stump and tells the Once-ler that he speaks for the trees and that he should not cut them down. The Once-ler does not listen and things become very bad for all of the creatures there as the Thneed business grows. This book plainly discusses pollution. The Once-ler doesn't care about the animals in the area only about making money and expanding his company. Students need to be aware of the things they do that cause pollution and ways that they can stop and prevent pollution from happening. Students can do community projects such as cleaning up a local park or even their school. Another activity is try to come up with ways to save energy and other ways to eliminate pollution. They could plant trees or flowers at school and care for them and then once the plant grows strong enough have it moved to a proper location. This book, even though it is a primary book, can be used for all elementary grades because of the message it represents. Raising students awareness about pollution and the damages it causes will be a great class assignment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Kitty's adventure and this one was no exception. This book is interesting because she incorporates characters we are familiar with from previous books. We get to see them in action using their talents and that is always fun to read. My favorite part is the end. heheh enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it greatly. I read it with my 6 year old daughter over and over. She made some wonderful observations about the story and how it relates to our world now, which is important to me.
Anjanette More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss is a man who was ahead of his time. This timeless and enchanting tale of the importance of protecting our natural resources teaches an all too important lesson. "The Lorax" was written nearly 40 years ago but the message is still clearly stated: "We must abuse our natural resources for the greed of Man." As a high school English teacher, this serves as a great tool when teaching analyzing, allusions, and many other literary elements. A great recommendation for teachers and all who want to spread the word of the "Go Green" effort.
TV More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite Dr. Seuss story as a child and has now become one of my son's favorites also. Unlike many Seuss stories, this one has a message that is easy to understand. This is a great story to show your children how our actions affect the world around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it is a children's book, The Lorax has a sense of what people do in real life. I actually found myself crying when I read it. It is so sad because of the scenario and beacause this is what happens in real life. It also moves me because for me complete loneliness is what scares me the most. Past things that have been forgotten and deserted make me feel so bad. But it also shows hope towards the end. So please don't judge it by the fact that it is a children's Dr. Suess book. It has so much more depth than that.