Right now we are reading a very popular book called "The Lorax." The Lorax was written by Dr. Seuss and was also recently made into a movie. The story begins with a boy who wanders down “The Street of the Lifted Lorax.” He begins to question what the Lorax is and why it left. He learns of a man named “The Once-ler” who is willing to share the story of the Lorax if he is given money. So, the boy pays and hears about what the town was once like. It was a beautiful place to live and the Lorax was the person who looked after it. There were many trees, animals, fresh air and water. Then the Once-ler came to town and decided to make clothes out of the trees. The Lorax was very upset, he didn’t want the Once-ler cutting down the beautiful trees. When the Once-ler sees how successful his clothing business is, he decides to build a factory and invite his whole family to town. As they work in this factory all the animals leave and the air and water slowly become polluted. Then, when there are no more trees to chop, the factory clothes and all the Once-ler’s relatives leave. The Lorax grew so angry that he left the town but gave the Once-ler a seed before he left. As the Once-ler finishes telling the story he tosses the seed down to the boy. He says:
“And all that the Lorax left here in this mess
was a small pile of rocks, with the one word…
Whatever that meant, well, I just couldn’t guess….
“But now,” says the Once-ler
“Now that you’re here,
the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
^ This is a very popular English quote. People use it to suggest that we each should try to take care of the Earth.