Yesterday, March 2nd, was Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. 🎂 I was supposed to do a big activity with my children celebrating the joy of reading that Dr. Seuss has brought to children for decades. However, personal issues changed my plans. So, I decided to go with a much calmer action: My daughter and I reading The Lorax by Dr.Seuss while cuddled on the couch. This turned out to be a much better plan.
The Lorax gets a 10 out of 10 trees rating because it was printed on recycled paper and teaches about the importance of saving the environment. Plus, it is a classic, amazing, completely awesome book!
I love seeing my daughter enthralled in a book. In the case of The Lorax, she absolutely loves the pictures and gets the message without being able to read the words.
She loves the colors, the trees, and the animals. She can see how the trees are chopped down and makes The Lorax (she called him a troll 😂) appear. Towards the end, she notices how nasty the sky gets, the animals go away, and the water is disgusting.
Now she may not get the full grasp of the ultimate quoted theme (pictured below) at the end of the story, but she is three. I am very proud she understands the concept of cutting down all the trees and trash makes the world nasty. She knows the power of a seed. It can grow into food, a tree, a flower, anything. The point is a seed, when nourished, grows into something grander. Her understanding makes me proud as a parent.
I love The Lorax so much! The beauty of Dr. Seuss’s message is that it transcends time. The preservation of our world will always be important. So much so, they adapted it into a new movie! This is a movie where they took it to the big screen and made it bigger and better. I believe Dr. Seuss would have loved the film. They took his passion and ideas for saving the world and expanded upon it with beautiful scenery and catchy songs with words that sink in! I feel like they took a 40 year old piece of art and placed a 21st Century frame around it. The result is an absolute masterpiece of old and new. This is what adaptations should be about! Keep the original and improve with the modern tools. You don’t need to chop up anything!
Take the time to read and watch The Lorax. Read it with the little ones. Play it on the television at daycares. Talk about it with everyone. Listen to the words, even the nonsensical ones, because they hold the message. It is nonsense to damage our home!