"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not"
- Dr Seuss
It's no secret that we love trees in this house. Much of our spare time is spent in the countryside or at the forest, and I'm proud to be raising a little tree-hugger. Therefore you won't be surprised to hear that The Lorax is one of our favourite books.
As relevant today as it was when written over 40 years ago, we need people to speak for the trees, to halt deforestation and preserve our planet. Trees are our lifeblood. I don't think it would do any harm for all our political leaders and captains of industry to read this tale of greed and destruction.
Dr Seuss is famed for his nonsense rhymes; tongue-twisters and fantastical characters, but behind the Green Eggs and Ham was a man with a strong moral sense and political views. In his children's books he's explored such issues as environmentalism, consumerism, over-commercialisation and racial equality.
Following the publication of a report in 1954 about literacy levels in American school children, in which it was concluded that children were turned off reading because their school books were boring, he was challenged to write a book which would appeal to new readers. He published The Cat in the Hat in response to this challenge, incorporating key words for early years students.
His stories are still frequently in the top ten lists of most popular children's book and in America his birthday is celebrated as the national Read Across America Day to encourage literacy.
To us, Dr Seuss is a hero!
This blog post is an entry into the Tots100/Heinz competition to support Children’s Book Week