Friday's Edge List: Top 5 Dr. Seuss Books
Number Five -- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss wrote this classic back in 1957. The Grinch is a bitter, cave-dwelling creature who realizes that Christmas is more than just gifts and learns the true meaning of the holiday, thanks to all of Whos in Whoville.
Number Four -- Horton Hears a Who
Dr. Seuss wrote this one in 1954 The book tells the story of Horton the elephant who hears a small speck of dust talking to him. He learns that the speck is actually a tiny planet home to a city called, of course, Whoville. Horten then must protect the tiny planet from harm while being ridiculed by the other animals he lives with.
Number Three - The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
Dr. Seuss wrote this one in 1938. This one is unusual for a Seuss book, it doesn't rhyme like his other ones. But the book does include many of his common themes, innocence of children, fantasy, and differing perspectives of the main characters.
Number Two -- The Sneetches and Other Stories
The doctor wrote this one in 1961. This one is about Sneetches, who are a race of odd, yellow creatures who live on a beach. Some of the Sneetches are shunned from the others, until a sneaky inventor comes along, and robs the Sneetches of all of their money after he takes advantage of them. In the end, all the sneetches learn they are all equal and they can all be friends.
Number One -- The Lorax
This one, written in 1971, is the tale of the Lorax, a mossy creature who speaks for the forest against a greedy man who wants to tear down all the trees. The book is recognized as a fable, commenting on the industrialization of society by using the greedy Once-ler as industry and the Lorax as the environment.