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Celebrate THE LORAX and Read Across America with us!

March 1, 2012

Dr. Seuss wrote many amazing, thoughtful and entertaining books, he also helped to teach most of us to read. It’s only fitting that on his birthday tomorrow we should honor him and celebrate reading.  Yes, March 2nd is “Read Across America Day”!

As part of the celebration, our colleague Deanna is here to talk about THE LORAX, a beloved tale about saving our environment. She also tells us about new Lorax titles and the just about to be released Lorax movie.

THE LORAX by Dr. Seuss

 

By now it would be difficult not to know that the Lorax movie is coming in just a few short weeks. I guess if you haven’t seen a kids movie lately, the Superbowl or just generally live like a hermit it’s possible you missed it. Once again a beloved Dr. Seuss picture book is transforming into a full-length feature film- in TREE-D!  The previews look great and my kids are psyched for it even without the knowledge that it ties in to my job. The power of advertising has them hooked.

There’s no better season to take another look at the book (or movie). Parents and educators will certainly benefit from sharing it with their kids, but it’s a good reminder for any age.  Just recently we were watching an older version of the Lorax (similar in feel the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon) and my daughter asked why the Onceler wanted to cut down all of the trees. Distilling such a big concept into a nugget that a 5 year old can grasp (yet doesn’t talk down to them) is a task that requires some thinking. This is what Dr. Seuss did so incredibly well.

In addition to the classic, we’ve added a few Lorax Step into Reading titles and a wonderful pop-up by David Carter.

Here’s a link to the Lorax Pop-up video:

http://youtu.be/_K9LsTlpLTs

This year the NEA has chosen the Lorax as its focus title for Read Across America, so you can also find great teaching and discussion resources there.

http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm

Thanks for an interesting look at the Lorax book & movie, Deanna, and thanks to our readers for joining us. How will you be celebrating Dr. Seuss and reading on March 2nd?  Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Cantwell permalink
    March 1, 2012 12:34 pm

    Great post,
    Where would we be without Dr. Suess ? loved his books as a kid and still love them as an adult, read them to my own kids and it is how both my kids and I did learn to read.
    As an aspiring children s book author to say Dr. Suess was an inspiration to me would be an understatement

    • March 1, 2012 2:40 pm

      I think it is quite fitting that that his birthday is the same day as Read Across America Day

  2. March 1, 2012 6:07 pm

    I LOVE Dr. Seuss! Green Eggs and Ham for the win :P

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