I’m inspired. So inspired!! Usually, I only need to look into the eyes of my children to stay focused with greening my world. Well today, I re-discovered a book that should be on every child’s book shelf from the time they’re an infant until they fully understand environmental issues. Let’s see if you can guess the book – it all came back to me as I read a few pages…
“Way back in the days when the grass was still green
and the pond was still wet
and the clouds were still clean,
and the song of the Swomee-Swans rang out in space….
one morning, I came to this glorious place. And I first saw the trees!”
Still can’t guess? Try this!
“Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.
Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
Then the Lorax
and all of his friends
may come back.”
It’s The Lorax by Dr. Seuss!! It is hard to believe this book was written over 40 years ago and honestly, I’ve never reviewed something that explains why we are in the predicament today because of the mistakes we’ve made with our planet. In the fun way Dr. Seuss reads, the book covers air/fish pollution, clear cutting a forest, driving animals from their natural habitat, and short-term financial gain for long-term environmental ruin. Really, if you have a child, The Lorax might be one of the most thought provoking, discussion starting, books you’ve read.
This article was going to highlight several green books I’ve researched for young children, but I’m stopping at this book. As I slowly read each page I remembered being read this book, the vibrant pictures and the wonderful hero of the time…The Lorax. It all came back to me and I’m inspired once again to keep finding ways to ‘green’ my family. Now that Francesco and Angelo have been told the story, if they ask me why I’m spending so much researching green options….I’ll respond “because I want to be like the Lorax!” Trust Dr. Seuss to perfectly sum up the problems of our planet and the solution required to fix it. Read this book to a child and discover the power of his message of sustainability.