The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (a late Banned Book Review)

At the far end of town

where the Grickle-grass grows

and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows

and no birds every sing excepting old crows…

is the Street of the Lifted Lorax.

And so begins the sing-song rhythmic read of The Lorax.  Do you remember this book?  The pictures of the colorful and fluffy Truffula Trees.  That is until The Old Once-ler came round, and decided he need to chop the trees down (intentional rhyme)  😛

Then the Lorax showed up to speak for the trees, he said do not cut them I am asking you please!

(Ok… now I can’t stop so I am just going to go with it)

The Lorax tried to stop the factory that was built, but progress was already moving full tilt!

With no more trees the Bar Ba Loots had nothing to eat, but really its just business so sadly they  retreat.

As the story goes the end came at last, with no trees and no animals all was in the past…

Yet one seed did remain and plant it we must, for the future is ours and to us it must trust.

I checked this out from the library for banned book week.  This book just brings back the memories of all sorts of Seuss moments, and while this is not one of the big names I remember (Cat In The Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Hop On Pop…) it is one that does hold a message.

I just loved reading it again!


Why was The Lorax a banned book?

The Lorax was banned because it was felt to cast a negative look on the forestry industry.

In 1989, the Laytonville, CA Unified School District tried to do just that. They challenged the book based on someone’s belief that it criminalizes the foresting industry.


I borrowed this book from my local library


Did you know The Lorax was also a game?

32 thoughts on “The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (a late Banned Book Review)

  1. Talk about ridiculous reasons to ban a book! Dr. Seuss is an institution…how can he be banned? GRRR….

    I love the Seuss stories…they always make me grin, and the little ones love listening.

  2. I love this book! My chin as dropped in regards to the reason why it’s been banned, though. Talk about trying to silence any opposing viewpoints :\

    1. Deb you have the start here to your own Dr Suess rhyme….. keep going I like your first line:

      So the forestry department got mad,
      because the Lorax made them look bad


  3. I love this book, and just about everything Dr. Seuss has ever written, for that matter. And it makes the logging industry look bad, eh? If they have a bad reputation, it’s because they’re not logging sustainably.

    1. Great point Lisa – I thought it was fabulously done and I am so surprised that some took offense to this book that tells us to protect our resources, don’t get greedy and remember to replenish (planting…) what we use. 😀

  4. Wow! I am sometimes just TOO surprised at the books that are challenged and/or banned! What the heck?!? I remember reading this to all of my bebes and I will probably end up reading it to the grandbebes too!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  5. People get on my nerves . They find some reason to complain about something , really banning a book? A childrens book at that ! And forestry is bad , cutting all those trees down I mean ? Wow ppl amuse me ,

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