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The Lorax
The Lorax
Author Dr. Seuss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Random House
Publication date
1971 (renewed 1999)
Pages 64
ISBN 0-394-82337-0
Preceded by "I Can Write—By Me, Myself
Followed by "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

The Lorax is a children's book. It was written by Dr. Seuss. It was first published in 1971. The Lorax is a small orange creature. He speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. The book is a fable about industrialized society and the danger it poses to nature. It has been made into a 2012 movie and a 1972 television show. Some people criticized the book. They thought it was gloomy. They thought it was not a good book for children. Some people thought it was unfair to the logging industry.

Story

A young boy living in a polluted world visits a strange creature called the "Once-Ler". The boy asks about the poor state of the world. The Once-ler explains that the world was once beautiful. He made an invention that required him to chop down Trufulla trees. He says that everyone needed his invention. He made a profit from cutting down Trufulla trees. A small orange creature called the Lorax urged him to stop cutting down so many trees. He said that this was harming the environment. The Once-Ler ignored him. Eventually the supply of trees ran out. The land was left polluted. The animals left the forest. The Once-Ler finishes his story. He gives the boy "the last [Truffula seed] of all." He tells him to plant the seed It will grow into a forest.

Climate March 0777 Lorax (34371727026)
Placard "We speak for the trees", reference to The Lorax, at the People's Climate March (2017).
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