The Lorax


Book - 1971
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Lorax
The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1971
ISBN: 9780394823379
Branch Call Number: J PIC S
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.


From Library Staff

In this tale of greed and environmental destruction, the lovable Lorax tries to save the Truffula Forest and all of its inhabitants from disaster at the hands of the Once-ler.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add Age Suitability

Jul 09, 2014
  • red_lion_2810 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_lion_2810 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • red_cat_5677 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_cat_5677 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jun 30, 2014

green_monkey_768 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jun 29, 2014
  • Nicktred rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nicktred thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 13

Feb 27, 2013

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

Jun 14, 2012
  • stevenzagada rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

stevenzagada thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Mar 10, 2012
  • red_badger_81 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_badger_81 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Mar 04, 2012
  • Doritos35 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Doritos35 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jun 25, 2008
  • pie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

pie thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


Add a Comment

Feb 27, 2013

Few names have become as familiar to children and parents as that of the beloved author/illustrator, Dr. Seuss. From his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street ( published in 1937) to his last, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, published 50 years later, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s picture books have always aroused a sense of wonder and excitement on the part of children who read or listen to them.

February 25 to March 1 is “Dr. Seuss Week” in the United States this year - an appropriate time to reflect upon the origins of some of his best-known stories.

You may not know that The Cat in the Hat was actually written in response to the traditional “Dick and Jane” readers. Seuss was challenged by a director of Houghton Mifflin Publishing to create an easy-to-read story which children would actually want to read (instead “the mind-numbing dullness of Dick and Jane and their mundane lives that consisted mostly of watching Spot run.”) Years later, Seuss said that he took great pride in helping to oust the Dick and Jane stories from many American school libraries!

Then Seuss was asked to create a fun-to-read children’s story using no more than 50 unique words – a seemingly impossible task. The wildly successful result was the beloved story,Green Eggs and Ham.

Some of his books, although seemingly nonsensical, reflected Seuss’ own social and political views. The Sneetches reflected his views on racial equality; Yertle the Turtle, his mistrust of dictators such as Adolf Hitler; The Butter Battle Book, his anxiety about the arms race, and The Lorax expressed his disgust with consumerism and anti-environmental practices. (The book became a rally cry for environmentalists, but the logging industry claimed that The Lorax - which spoke about the wanton destruction of natural resources such as trees - was unfair. In fact, the lumber industry actually commissioned a children’s book to present the opposite point of view!)

Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, published in 1957, was also a criticism of consumerism - particularly of Christmas-season consumerism. (In this tale, the Grinch and his dog stole all the Christmas presents, dinners and decorations in Whoville, anticipating that the Whos would be devastated and their Christmas ruined. When the Whos continued their happy celebrations instead, the Grinch realized that Christmas means much more than presents and feasting.)

Perhaps one of the most surprising truths about this iconic author is that he almost wasn’t an author! That’s right – his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected no less than 27 times by the publishing industry, until Vanguard Press finally accepted it.

The world of children’s literature owes a huge debt to Vanguard Press ... and to the fertile imagination and wit of Theodor Seuss Geisel, sixteen of whose books are on the Publisher’s Weekly’s list of the “100 of the Top-Selling Hardcover Children’s Books of All Time”.

If your favourite Dr. Seuss book isn’t on the shelves of the Stratford Public Library at this time, you can make a request for it online, by email, by phone, or in person. The Library offers various biographies about this notable author, such as The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss by Charles D. Cohen – or you can visit the database Somethingabout the Author, available from home or in the library.

Jan 12, 2013
  • sunnytsai rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! I had watched the movie and it was awesome. All the animals were extremly cute!

Jul 14, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book with a good message, one which my first year university sociology professor was fond of quoting "biggering and biggering and biggering and BIGGERING!"

Mar 04, 2012
  • Doritos35 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The movie is really good, and it has a great moral!

Jul 18, 2011
  • green_thumb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nice environmental message.

Mar 18, 2011

Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Betty White will provide the principal voices for Illumination Entertainment's 3D CGI animated film The Lorax, based on the tale by Dr. Seuss, reported.

March 18, 2011

May 21, 2009
  • stephaniehjones rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Has a great lesson!


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL


Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

The Lorax
The Lorax

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.

I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further

Browse the Shelf

Related Authors

Subject Headings