Saturday, July 9, 2011
Book Review: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (audio)
Title: The Lorax
Author: Dr. Seuss (Read by Ted Danson)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 5th 2004
Pages: 72 (25 mins)
When Dr. Seuss gets serious, you know it must be important. Published in 1971, and perhaps inspired by the "save our planet" mindset of the 1960s, The Lorax is an ecological warning that still rings true today amidst the dangers of clear-cutting, pollution, and disregard for the earth's environment. In The Lorax, we find what we've come to expect from the illustrious doctor: brilliantly whimsical rhymes, delightfully original creatures, and weirdly undulating illustrations. But here there is also something more--a powerful message that Seuss implores both adults and children to heed. Now, in this special gift box, Dr. Seuss's crotchety, tree-loving Lorax emerges as a hand puppet! "He's shortish. And oldish ... And brownish. And mossy ... And he spoke with a voice ... that was sharpish and bossy." Each butterscotch-colored eight-inch Lorax puppet--made of entirely unnatural plush polyester fiber--isn't your usual hand puppet: Little hands must grip the pillowy top fixed inside the head to make the puppet come to life, which limits his motion to nodding wistfully (as the Lorax is wont to do) and bobbing meaningfully. Each puppet comes with a perfect miniature facsimile edition of The Lorax all packaged in a sturdy, earth-friendly box made out of recyclable corrugated paper. Save the Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba-loots, and Humming-Fishes!
What a wonderful rhyming story that does have to do with some ecology, but it’s more about the illiterations and that capture you. Although this was an audio book the word tell a story where pictures can be seen.