....nothing is going to get better. It's not. Dr. Seuss' famous words were true when he was still alive and they are now more true than ever. After we just finished a unit on the environment in German 1, there couldn't have been a better way to finish of the week than by watching The Lorax.
The animation was amazing though unfortunately some of the dialogue was lacking a bit and didn't do justice to Dr. Seuss' writing style. Still, it's the message that is important: We need trees to live! We can't destroy our environment or we will pay the price.
As part of the environment unit I showed my class the documentary "Blue Gold: World Water Wars." I had told my students how this documentary made me stop buying bottled water. I though that the reference in the Lorax that "people will buy anything that comes in a plastic bottle" was just great. I hope that viewers realized that it is not just outrageous that air gets bottled in The Lorax, but it is just as ridiculous that we are buying bottled water when we can have the same for much cheaper from our tap.
Great kids' stories like The Lorax are hopefully reaching children all over the country/ world teaching them what is really important in life. I hope that thoughtful parents take the opportunity to talk to their children after watching the movie and making sure they understand the message. The wonderful imaginary mind of Dr. Seuss presents great potential for life long lessons.
When I first heard about this documentary I was eager to pledge for it to be able to see it. While I am not a big movie person, I really like watching documentaries and this one, being about the current state of education in the U.S., seemed to be right up my alley. Well, I went to see it with a friend of mine last week and the beginning enthusiasm about this documentary quickly faded.