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Horton Hears a Who (Dr.Seuss Classic Collection) (original 1954; edition 1998)

by Dr. Seuss

Series: Horton (3)

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Title:Horton Hears a Who (Dr.Seuss Classic Collection)
Authors:Dr. Seuss
Info:Picture Lions (1998), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 64 pages
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Rating:*****
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Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss (1954)

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"Horton Hears a Who" is a great children's book for three reasons. The first reason I enjoyed this book is the caring protagonist, Horton. Horton is an elephant with a heart as big as his body that takes it upon himself to save the "whos" he has found floating through the air. Throughout the story Horton's inner and outer dialogue promotes positive moral values such as in the statements, "Should I put this speck down?..." Horton thought with alarm. I cant put it down. And I wont! After all a person's a person. No matter how small" (Seuss, 16). Next is the vivid and creative illustrations. Dr. Seuss books are known for their unique illustrations and "Horton Hears a Who" is no exception. Pages 46 and 47 contain an illustration showing the "Wickersham gang," a gang of monkeys, tying Horton up and reeling him back into a cage that is being built. The illustration really makes the action come to life as you can see the distress on Horton's face and the joy on the members of the Wickersham gang. My third and final reason for giving this book a five star rating is the language. Dr. Seuss' use of invented words and the rhyming patterns are the highlight of "Horton Hears a Who." One example of this creative language can be found on page 49. This page reads, "They rattled tin kettles! They beat on brass pans. On garbage pail tops and old cranberry cans! They blew bazookas and blasted great toots on clarinets, oom-pahs and boom-pahs and flutes!" (Seuss, 49). The general message of this book is one of equality and compassion. Horton went through great lengths to save the Whos against the will of every other character in the book. Another message I can draw from "Horton Hears a Who" is don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. ( )
  gregclemens | Feb 20, 2017 |
Horton Hears a Who! Where do I even begin? It's a classic simple as that. The story is about a lovely elephant who was living his normal life came along to hear a sound that he could only seem to hear and what was that, a whole city on a speck. He decided to take this speck and make sure he finds a safe place for it. The jungle he lives in thinks he's crazy and try to take the speck away. He eventually got the jungle to listen and they heard them! This story is one of my favorites because its a good reminder on "you should always believe in yourself" and thats important to kids and their development. ( )
  Hayley.Hustead | Jan 19, 2017 |
I really liked this book for two reasons. First, I really liked the character choices. It was a great idea to make a huge elephant care for a small speck. Elephants also have huge ears which aids in why he was able to hear their yelp when they were floating in the wind. Second, I liked the plot how there were a couple different conflicts that Horton had to solve, which ultimately showed how much he cared for the speck. Horton had to deal with a sour kangaroo, the Wickersham Brothers, and the black-bottomed bird who dropped the speck on the clover in a huge clover field. I felt like three was a good amount of conflicts. The main message of this story was to be looking out for those who cannot help themselves. ( )
  rbanne1 | Oct 11, 2016 |
Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
A great book for kids learning to read ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
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On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool, in the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, he was splashing...enjoying the jungle's great joys...when Horton the elephant heard a small noise.
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A person's a person, no matter how small.
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Surely among the most lovable of all Dr. Seuss creations, Horton the Elephant represents kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance--all wrapped up, thank goodness, in a comical and even absurd package. Horton hears a cry for help from a speck of dust, and spends much of the book trying to protect the infinitesimal creatures who live on it from the derision and trickery of other animals, who think their elephant friend has gone quite nutty. But worse is in store: an eagle carries away the clover in which Horton has placed the life-bearing speck, and "let that small clover drop somewhere inside / of a great patch of clovers a hundred miles wide!" Horton wins in the end, after persuading the "Who's" to make as much noise as possible and prove their existence. This classic is not only fun, but a great way to introduce thoughtful children to essentially philosophical questions. How, after all, are we so sure there aren't invisible civilizations floating by on every mote? (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton's friends that Whos really exist.

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