Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Children's Books Change the World

Most of you know I'm a huge fan of Dr. Seuss. His writing style has a natural rhythm that children love, but what I appreciate most is the hidden messages in his work. Most are obvious to adults, but when children make the correlation on their own, it's magic.

I've said it before, but I truly believe that words have the power to change the world. And so it did my heart good when I saw this picture on Facebook:

These are the trufula trees from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, which deals with the subject of taking care of our environment. It also happens to be the first book that touched my heart. I'll never forget it. I was in first grade, and I had gotten the book for my birthday. I cried when the barbaloots hiked off somewhere in their barbaloot suits. It struck me the injustice of it all, and I actually hated the once-ler for a while.

This picture was taken outside the Museum of Art and Design in New York. If I lived there I'd visit everyday and hope that maybe, just maybe, the Lorax may finally be heard.