By Dr. Seuss
72 pages. Random House. $10.17
The Lorax film release: March 2
The go-to book for tree-huggers, Seuss-lovers, and children of all ages, the environmental-friendly brainchild of the cherished master of childhood rhyme bursts with melodious made-up words, pops of vivid color, and a lasting message: Please be nice to Mother Nature (and save the fluffy Truffala trees.) Through the words of the regretful Once-ler, we learn of the yellow, mustached Lorax, who famously declares, "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues." Readers gradually follow the horrifying destruction of the lively world of Truffala Trees, Swomee Swans, Humming Fishes, and Brown Bar-ba-loots, which ultimately becomes a smoggy, silent, pollution-ridden wasteland. But amidst the darkness, there's hope: The Once-ler drops down the last of a Truffula Seed and suggests that "the Lorax and his friends may all come back" one day.