Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Banned Book Spotlight #1: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Banned Books Week: September 24 - September 30)

Hello everyone!  In celebration of Banned Books Week, I have decided to do spotlights on banned books that I have read over the years and how I felt about the reasons that caused the books to be banned and whether or not the book is worth reading!

This Week's Banned Book Spotlight is:


Title:  The Lorax

Author:  Dr. Seuss

Genre: Environment / Satire / Animal

Year Published: 1971

Publisher:  Random House Books for Young Readers

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 

Goodreads Summary: 

"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresistible mini-edition, perfect for backpack or briefcase, for Arbor Day, Earth Day, and every day.

Reasons for being banned:

For portraying the foresting industry in a negative way and some people felt it persuaded children to be against logging.

Do you agree with this reason?

I definitely don't agree with the reasoning here.  In my honest opinion, I think that the book was just trying to teach children about the importance of taking care of the environment and that cutting down too many trees can hurt the environment.  I don't think that the book was bashing the logging industry specifically and I never seen the logging industry being portrayed in a negative light.  If there was an element of the book that was being portrayed in a negative light, it was the greed that the Once-ler experiences when cutting down all the trees.

Do you recommend this book?

YES!  I definitely recommend this book!  Not only is it one of Dr. Seuss' most engaging books, but it's definitely one book you should check out if you want to read books that deal with environmentalism!

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