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The Lorax
Dr. Seuss

This eco-critical fable in rhymes explores industrial, economic and environmental issues. The Lorax is a creature that speaks for the trees and is the opponent of the Once-ler who cuts down the trees destroying the habitat of many animals and polluting the environment.

The beautifully illustrated children’s book and its movie adaptation (2012) are well-suited for discussing environmental pollution in contradiction to the economical expansion of the logging industry. Both, the movie and the fable raise awareness at a young age and might be suitable for a cross-curricular teaching project on environmental protection, recycling and saving resources.

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Critical edition

Dr. Seuss. The Lorax. Harper Collins UK, 2017. 64 pp., ISBN 9780008203924

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Charged with meaning
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Students can identify with the text