Sunday, March 4, 2012
Still Timely After 41 Years
How many grown-ups out there have read The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss? If you raised your hand, then that's fine, and you deserve a special treat. If you didn't--Well, c'mon! You've had 41 years since this children's environmental classic was first published. Everybody should read this book. It is more timely today even than it was nearly a half-century ago.
Seeing the new movie isn't the same as reading the book. Check it out if you have an Evergreen Indiana library card. If not, then visit your favorite library and use whatever library card you have (or get one) that allows you to check out items there. You could also buy your own personal copy, if you're so inclined. But you should read it, then read it to your (grand)children (or have them read it themselves), and share it with other friends and relations.
The Lorax (1971) is as important an environmental awareness book as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), which is also available in our E.I. online catalog. Even now, after over half a century, their warnings remain unheeded by too many.
Two words, everyone. Unless Stone. 'Nuff said.
See the Movie, Too, If You Want,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Young Readers' Advisory News Beat
P.S. "Big Yellow Taxi," by Joni Mitchell, must be the premiere folk-rock environmental ballad of the 1970s (perhaps of the 20th century). The song was originally released in 1970, and a live version was re-released in 1975. If your band hasn't covered it yet, Google the lyrics and snap to it. A great song deserves to be played often.