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The Reading Corner, a Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs project, engages children with active storytelling. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss tells the imaginary story of a man who cut down all of the trees to make a product called a “thneed”. The man becomes overwhelmed with greed and ruins the environment. He tasks the young boy he’s telling the story to, to help regrow the forest. The Lorax demonstrates that everyone has an obligation to protect the environment, even if past generations have caused it harm. At the end of the story the reader asks comprehension questions for the students to think about. This story connects to the lessons in the curriculum under https://www.mpalalive.org/classroom, about the environment and the human-wildlife connection. Specifically, The Lorax connects to Unit 1: Lesson 4: How Habitats Change, Unit 1: Lesson 4: Extended Activity 1: Indigenous Knowledge, and also to Unit 5: Lesson 5: Extension 4: The More or Less Game.