Long ago Once-ler chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba-loots, and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. (“It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove. It’s a hat.”) As the trees swiftly disappear and the denizens leave for greener pastures, the fuzzy yellow Lorax (who speaks for the trees “for the trees have no tongues”) repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Finally the Lorax extricates himself from the scorched earth (by the seat of his own furry pants), leaving only a rock engraved “UNLESS.” Thus, with his own colorful version of a compelling morality play, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost-the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed! Our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future.
Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parents, a crass, dishonest used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addict, regard her as “nothing more than a scab.”
Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature.
Also, Matilda loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge on her father.
This pastime she further develops when she enrolls in Crunchem Hall Primary School, whose headmistress, MissTrunchbull, is “a fierce tyrannical monster . . . .”
This is the story of a boy. He is called Mick by his father, Tom, and Storm Boy by the Aboriginal loner Fingerbone he befriends. This boy is growing up in an isolated corrugated iron shed next to a wildlife sanctuary. He lives with his father, who supports them by fishing alone. He is not attending school; he is illiterate and ignorant, and he doesn’t know any better. But he seems content with his life, and a little less curious about the outside world than one might expect. There’s a telling moment when he brings home a radio that washed up on the beach (he found it while looking for driftwood to burn). His father tells him to throw it away, because if he listens to it, he’ll hear advertisements and want things he can’t have.
There are intrusions on their life. A mob of idiot bird shooters kill a number of birds before they are scared off by Fingerbone (he shoots near them). Amongst the dead are some pelicans whose chicks are still in the nest. The boy brings them home to care for. His father isn’t keen, but permits it. Three pelicans become a lot to feed when they reach maturity, so his father insists on releasing them. Two are never seen again, but one, Mr Percival, keeps coming back.
Another intruder is the new primary school teacher, brought by the park ranger – she is concerned about his education, and pushes hard for him to be sent to school, or at least to do schoolwork by correspondence. She means well, but she is resented by the father – he doesn’t want anything to change in their reclusive life.
Evie is lost. She knows she’s different from everyone else because she has inherited psychic “gifts” from her grandmother. Her mother hates it, her father and friends try to be supportive, but no-one really knows what she’s going through until she meets Victoria who is a friend of her grandmother’s. She learns to accept herself for who she is, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the physical effects of being contacted by the dead. She solves a mystery, but the effects on her and her family are life-changing ones.
Swimming, surfing, exploring – Sapphire and her brother Conor enjoy life by the sea in Cornwall.
But why does Conor start disappearing for hours on end? And who is the mysterious girl talking to him on the rocks.
Following Conor down to the cove one day, Sapphire discovers Ingo – an exciting and dangerous world beneath the waves, where all you breathe is adventure.