Thursday, November 13, 2008

Does She Speak For The Trees?

Today was a lazy Saturday. The weather was cold with flurries. We had gotten our chores done in the morning, so we decided it would be a good day to watch a movie. We had rented a DVD of Dr Suess classics. The disc included The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and the Sneetches among others. Even though it was a little young for Number One Son, we enjoyed comparing the cartoon to the books we read when he was younger.

When the story of the Lorax started playing, I thought it would be a good lesson in conservation, pollution and the environment. The Lorax tells the story of the Onceler who cuts down all of the Truffula trees to make Thneeds. He ends up running out of trees and all of the animals leave the area.

When the story ended, I asked Sweet Pea what she thought of it.

She said, "I know what I want to do. I want to grow a Truffula tree."

"That's a good idea.", I said.

"So I can cut it down to take just a little of the Truffula fur to make a pillow case.", she stated.

I answered, "That's just what the Onceler did. What about all the Barbaloots that had to leave their homes?"

"I would only take a little fur.", she answered. "And I would grow a lot of trees but only cut one down."

I'm glad the message sunk in, even if just a little.


DJ Kirkby said...

I was a huge Dr S fan as a child (and still am now) and N3S now loves his books too. We saw 'Horton Hears a Who' recently but I had no idea there were films of so many other of his books too. Must go find them!

James Austin said...

Can't wait til Luke is just a bit older so we can have an afternoon like that. Sounds like the message is working if she wants to plant a lot of trees. Maybe you can find one for Arbor Day. LOL.

Anonymous said...

She's got the right idea...cut one and plant more.

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