Most of our childhoods would not have been as bright (or as filled with rhyme!) without the help of a Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Throughout his lifetime Seuss dreamed up far off lands in the brightest of colors, inventing a few notable breakfast dishes along the way.
Arguably, none of his characters have remained as heartbreaking and relevant as The Lorax, the little old mossy fellow who spoke up for the trees... "for the trees have no tongues." A current exhibition at the Joslyn Museum depicts the process that led to the creation of The Lorax, from the very first crayon drawings to the final product.
The Lorax exhibition allows children and ex-children alike to get all teary-eyed reliving the magic of a sharp-tongued shortie who inspired those around him to care. "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not," The Lorax memorably states. In the exhibition, typewritten words are juxtaposed with in-progress doodles, giving a fascinating glimpse into the making of a classic children's tale with a message that remains as important as ever. The works are on loan from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin.
"The Lorax" will show at The Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraska until November 3.