“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax (1971)
Tomorrow is Earth Day – a day to reflect upon our relationship with the environment and to think about what we can do to help our planet survive and thrive. It’s only fitting that I review “The Lorax” ebook application which was adapted from the Dr. Seuss classic. “The Lorax” is a children’s story with a very adult message: respect and conserve our natural resources or we’ll find our world an unhealthy and unhappy place to be. The application contains original illustrations and text with Seuss’ lyrical meter and rhyme, and it’s beautifully-scaled to the iPhone screen. I enjoy the movement and interactive features of this app; as you read the story (or have it read to you), you pan around the page to have a more detailed look at the illustrations, and you can tap on some of the images to see the identifying words. “The Lorax” is an engaging and entertaining storybook, but it also provides a valuable opportunity for parents and children to discuss conservation and environmental concerns in our world today.