The Lorax by Dr Suess (Yes, another banned book)
In the event that you are sad that is the last day of banned books week for 2012 and you either have not had time to read a banned book this week or you wish there was time to read one more – no fear! There is time!
The LORAX is 72 pages of glorious pictures and short sentences. AND if you are more the audio type… the audio book was 30 minutes long AND that included another Dr. Suess book on it as well.
Narrated by a nameless, faceless “Oceler”, The Lorax is a tale of mass marketing before mass marketing was cool. In this case, our Onceer discovers this beautiful area filled with Truffala Trees that make lovely hats and shirts, socks and gloves. The Onceler starts to chop down the trees and selling his wears against the Lorax’s wishes.
The Lorax is a fuzzy yellow creature (bigger that the Travelocity Gnome, but not my much) and he speaks for the trees, for as he points out, the trees can not speak for themselves. Despite the Lorax’s repeated warnings the Onceler is making money selling his product he does not care. As time passes, the wildlife that lived with the trees disappear and even the Lorax himself sadly goes away leaving only a rock behind that says “Unless”.
What will become of the forest of Truffala trees as one by one and then two by two they disappear to be made into products that are sold? What will become of the fish and the ponds, and the Onceler, once all the trees…
Why did I want to read this book? There are many banned books out there that deal with subjects that some may find too bold, or too mature or too out of their own personal comfort zone…. The Lorax has always been my go to “laugh out loud” at banned book, and I love sharing with people who, when you think banned books… you also need to add in The LORAX.
I love The LORAX and its messages about handling our earths resources wisely is as timely now as then it written in 1971. It’s a fun read and an easy red – and apparently s I recited memorized line, a book for all ages.
In a nut shell (or in this case, in a wood chip) The Lorax was banned because it portrays the foresting industry in an arguable negative way. Some people felt that this book was persuading children to be against logging.
Yup, that’s it.
With this final banned book post for banned book week 2012 I want to thank you for reading the banned book posts this week as well as a huge thank you to all of you who have commented, contributed posts, and giveaways. May you always feel at liberty to read the books you choose to read – the books that make you think, care, love, hate, cry, shout, dream and put on the shelf.