Becoming a parent has introduced me to many new things. From hearing a song on repeat 37 times to being used as a trampoline to how many meltdowns Caillou has, there is excitement around each corner. But one thing I really do enjoy about parenting is reading children’s books. They’re filled with so much imagination and playfulness that brings nostalgia and fondness to my heart.

loraxcover2There are some incredibly stellar children’s books available. The works of Shel Silverstein are mind-twisting and humorous. Robert Munsch is a beloved favorite among children everywhere. But no one has made quite the impression on the young minds of the last five decades as Theodor Seuss Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss. His rhythmic verses and silly nonsensical words come together to create stories that tickle our minds and come to life through the musical-like narrations. To children, he was a foolish storyteller. To parents, he was a political dissenter and wished for the masses to understand his liberal and moralist views. My particular favorite book, The Lorax, tells the narrator, the Once-ler’s, story of greed and how mob mentality can fuel consumerism and subsequently destroy the environment and the world. The character of the Lorax teaches the Once-ler that we need to care about and respect the trees– the nature and life that thrive on the trees. The moral of the story is evident at the end when the Lorax tells the Once-ler, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.” This is one of my favorite lines from any Dr. Seuss book; it teaches the lessons of accountability, social and environmental responsibility and respect for the Earth. At the end, the Once-ler speaks directly to the readers, encouraging us to plant new trees, take care of them and nurture them, so that the world and nature can be restored.