I have spent the summer reviewing books for children and teens. In a month when we have heard that the Amazon rainforest is burning, glaciers are melting and extreme weather is the norm, it seems only reasonable to review the iconic environmental advocacy book, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. Also, my consideration of children’s books is incomplete without a book by Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel – who took the name Dr. Seuss as his pen name – wrote and illustrated more than 60 children’s books. But he was also a political cartoonist, a screenmaker and an Oscar – winning filmmaker. The important messages, poetry and illustrations in his books have now inspired generations of children and youth from around the world.

I have a first edition of The Lorax and all these images come from that 1971 edition. Look at these images and tell me, couldn’t we all identify with the brave little creature who “speaks for the trees”?

Why aren’t we, like the Lorax and all children, fighting for our own natural world, every bit as lovely as the beautiful truffula trees?

So find this book and find a beautiful tree and enjoy the last week of summer!

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