by Sue Ann Rybak

Charlie (left) and Caroline Roman (right) of Lafayette Hill, proudly display their Truffula Seeds at O’Doodles Toy Store, 8532 Germantown Ave., on Sunday. Rybak)

Chestnut Hill was magically transformed into the world of Dr. Seuss on Saturday, the first day of fall, with a message from the Lorax about, what else? – trees. Truffula trees, that is.

The “Trail of the Lorax” began at the Carol Schwartz Gallery, 101 Bethlehem Pike, where visitors could meet Buku the Prehensile-tailed skink from the Solomon Islands, or –for the less daring – Penny the Lion-faced rabbit. Participants could learn about how skinks rely entirely upon trees for food and shelter (just like the brown Bar-ba-loot from “The Lorax,” who relied on the Truffula Tree for food).

At O’Doodles Toys, children could meet the Cat in the Hat and get free Truffula tree seeds. Later, they could even stop and smell a Truffula flower at Robertson’s Flowers.

There was something for everyone, from face painting and tattoos to Truffula drinks and cupcake and cookie decorating. And let’s not forget about Green Eggs and Ham at Roller’s Expresso. At 2 p.m. the Lorax made a special appearance to plant a tree at the Chestnut Hill Hotel, an event that was part of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s “Plant One Million.”

Other activities on the trail included a screening of “The Lorax,” a chance to win a free giraffe feeding at the Philadelphia Zoo and a shoe and clothing freecycle for “Things others need … not thneeds.”

The Lorax message to the children was simple: People need to stop caring about “thneeds” and start caring about trees. Remember: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

There are gajillions of stories
of mischief and fun,
but to keep things simple,
let’s start with just one …
“The Cat in the Hat”