Saturday, April 20, 2013

Happiness - The World According to Theodor Seuss Giesel Part III

The World According to Theodor Seuss Geisel Part III

Once again, Dr. Seuss provides us with Life Lessons in his book, The Lorax. Whenever, I think I may need more, I have to stop to think about this truly inspiration book.  Do I really need more or is it just that I WANT MORE? Is this really going to bring me happiness?  Isn't this desire for more and more and more exactly what has brought us to where we are today - a narcissistic society?  We are lucky to have a new generation before us to train up in a way that will lead them to service and concern for all.  Or as Dr. Seuss writes:

          "The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall?
            The Once-ler: Uh, down?
            The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. 

                                 Be careful which way you lean.” 

The Lorax is, by far, one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.  The message about caring for our planet and what can happen if we do not is so prominent, especially today.  When we read about or see the devastating effects that people can have on our planet it is easy to think that there are so many who just do not care.  When you read Dr. Seuss' story, you think "unless......"

My son is too little to really understand how certain actions can hurt the planet, so we teach him the little things: watching how much water we use; growing our garden; and setting up bird feeders.  We spend time outdoors in the hopes that it will foster a love of nature and a desire to care for our planet.

Here are some ideas to celebrate Earth Day and The Lorax!
The titles link to the websites.

Botanical Gardens and Arboretums 
A great outing is to visit a botanical garden or arboretum.  The link leads you to the list of Botanical Gardens and Aboretums in the US.

Truffula Trees lists a recipe for creating an adorable Truffula Cake from oreo cookies.  This is a great treat for anyone who loves the Lorax!

The Educator's Spin on It provides links to 30 Lorax Crafts and Activities.

 Incredible Truffula Tree Inspired Lorax Birthday Party 

The Hostess with The Mostess blog discusses many ways to incorporate The Lorax into a party.  There are really cute ideas!

Earth Day Network provides a listing of lesson plans that can be used in connection with Earth Day.  These are arranged by grade level and connect to the Common Core Standards.

I do actually have a rock garden in my yard that is filled with stepping stones my son made.  In addition, there are stones from places we have traveled. The Prudent Baby website has a tutorial for making concrete garden stones.


 "Unless someone like you 
cares a whole awful lot, 
Nothing is going to get better. 
It's not.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

What are some of the ways you plan to celebrate Earth Day this weekend?
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  1. Ha! That cake is so cute! :) I've told my mom about your site (she's a preschool administrator) and she loves it! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays! Be sure to come back tomorrow to link up again see whose been featured!

  2. Anyonita,
    Thank you so much for the compliment. I am grateful that your Mom likes the blog. I also hope she will find it helpful. We will definitely be linking up to Tasty Tuesdays tomorrow!