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the wisdom of dr. seuss

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” — Dr. Seuss

I have always loved Dr. Seuss. The rhythmic lines, the nonsensical words, the zany illustrations–all of this makes for such fun while reading! Even though I enjoyed Dr. Seuss when I was younger, it wasn’t until I was older that I came to appreciate several of his books for the wisdom that they impart. One such book is The Lorax. The Children Plant a Truffala Forest Based on Dr. Seuss' book The Lorax, the children create their own Truffala forest as a symbol of the difference each person can make. The Children with their Truffula TreesThis is a great book about respecting nature, which really shows what kind of devastation can occur when we take nature for granted or let greed overpower us.

We shared the reading of this book on Monday at Earth Scouts. The kids seemed to enjoy the book and many of them contributed nicely to our discussion that followed the reading. The Lorax provided a solid ending and review to our unit on respecting nature, as it brought up many of the same topics that our group has covered these past six months. And it left us with the reminder that even
Aidan with Respecting Nature Badge Aidan receives his second major Earth Scouts badge for respecting nature. Aidan with his badgethough our unit is complete we must all actively respect and care for nature every day. As Dr. Seuss states in his book, “UNLESS someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.

In addition to our regular activities at Earth Scouts, Monday had another exciting element–the kids earned their second badge on their unit for Respecting Nature. We have been covering this unit for the past six months and have focused in on a variety of topics such as plants/trees/seeds, endangered animals, recycling, food chains, eco-friendly holidays, composting, etc. Part of our Earth Scout commitment is to partake in action days, and these kids worked hard over the past months doing action activities such as clean-up days in local parks, seed collecting at the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie, and a coat drive for a nearby community shelter. Aidan was so thrilled to receive his new badge, and I was so proud of him and all the kids of our group.

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