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“The Lorax” is a children’s book written by Dr Seuss. It revolves around the Once-ler, a mysterious businessman who discovers a beautiful and thriving forest filled with Truffula trees and the rampant deforestation that ensued.
About the Author:
Dr Seuss (1904-1991) is the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel. He is a famous American children’s writer and cartoonist. Famous works of his include “The Cat in the Hat”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and “The Lorax”.
The theme of this book is deforestation and the environmental degradation that follows as a consequence. Through the book, the author masterfully tries to inculcate awareness, right from children. Greed and its repercussions can also be taken as a sub-theme in the book, pertaining to Once-ler.
The book begins with Once-ler, the curt businessman who started chopping down Truffula trees to make Thneeds, a product that he markets as being a necessity for all.
The Lorax, a small orange creature with a big moustache, appears to protest the destruction of the forest and its inhabitants. The Lorax speaks for the trees and warns the Once-ler about the environmental consequences of his actions. However, the Once-ler ignores him and continues to cut down the trees.
As the story progresses, the Once-ler’s factory is seen to pollute the air and water, and the animals that once lived in the forest are forced to leave. Eventually, the last Truffula tree is cut down, and the Once-ler’s once-thriving business collapses. The Once-ler is left alone, regretful of his actions, and the Lorax disappears, leaving behind only a small pile of rocks with the word “UNLESS” written on it.
The book concludes with a message of hope, suggesting that it is not too late to repair the damage that has been done to the environment, and encouraging readers to take action to protect the natural world.
“The Lorax” is a thought-provoking story. It is a cautionary tale about the consequences of unchecked greed and the importance of environmental stewardship.