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Horton Hears a Who! (Horton the Elephant)

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Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman's masterful narration brings to life the heartwarming tale of Horton the elephant. Original music and sound effects complement the retelling. An exclusive paperback edition of the book is packaged with the audio cassette. Cassette running time: approx. 20 min.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 10th 1990 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published August 1954)
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Alejandro
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Dr. Seuss' stories ever!


PRICELESS TALE

I’ll just have to save him. Because, after all,

A person’s a person, no matter how small,

Without a doubt, one of the crowned jewels of Dr. Seuss’ work, presenting one of his strongest messages to the human civilization.

Horton, the elephant, appears again (he was introduced to the world in Horton Hatches the Egg), which is one of the most famous characters of Dr. Seuss.

Horton hears a Who (as quite adequately indicates the tale’s title)
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: activists & budding activists, and children, and anyone who feels small or insignificant
Told in the usual charming repetitive rhyme of Dr. Seuss so often appreciated by young children. Great message about how everyone is important and everyone can make a difference. Horton is a particularly endearing character, showing kindness and persistence, and risking ridicule and being ostracized and even being the recipient of abuse in order to help others and stand up for what he believes in. And the Whos do their part as well! One of those children’s books that can become more meaningful w ...more
James
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all the classic Dr.Seuss books, 'Horton' has that unique combination of:
Attractive illustrations and exciting verse – both very dynamic, always moving always going somewhere new; both very strange, silly and bizarre – all in an extremely accessible, engaging and compelling (and let’s not forget educational) way – which creates Dr Seuss’s fantastically immersive world.

Apparently 'Horton' provides us with some social commentary from Dr Seuss on the subject matter of isolationism and inter
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booklady
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
UPDATE: I just ran across a Guzer video story of a real man who can neither read nor write but who creates ultra-miniature sculptures which are smaller than the eye of a needle. He began to do this because when he was young, his teachers made him 'feel small'. The significance not to mention the charm of Horton Hears a Who! lies in the universality of smallness. Everyone knows what it is like to have been or felt small at some time in his or her life. For children it is where they still are. For ...more
Annie♡
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Me sorprendió bastante la cantidad de enseñanzas que tiene este librito infantil.

“Una persona es una persona por muy pequeña que sea.”
Danielle
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Danielle by: Mr. Carrier
Oh, this book was incredible.

I was first introduced to the story of Horton Hears a Who last year in an apologetics class. Since then I haven't been able to get enough of it. When I found out they were making a movie from the book I was completely thrilled! It didn't even matter if they messed it up, even though I knew they wouldn't, so long as they were making a movie of it!

The story follows a happy go lucky elephant named Horton. Horton lives a fairly normal life until the day when he hears a
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Paul
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
*****SPOILERS*****
I think what Seuss misses here is that the intended moral, about sticking up for people who can't defend themselves, is rendered moot about halfway through in the 'clover patch 100 miles wide' episode. At this point, if he could have set aside the cause he had invested himself in for a moment, Horton would have appreciated that the Whos were in the best possible situation now for them, completely hidden and safe. But his paternalistic impulse to save the weak pushes him on to
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Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Many of Dr. Seuss's books are highly moralistic. Such moralism can be either good or bad, depending on how it's communicated and what you are aiming to teach your children. In the case of Horton Hears a Who!, I think the moral is subtly and beautifully communicated. The book covertly teaches children to bravely stand up for the little guy in the face of bullies, even if that courage means mockery. It's also a wonderful, rhythmic story in its own right, and one of my four-year-old daughter's all ...more
midnightfaerie
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Another wonderful Dr. Seuss book that will be passed through your family for generations to come. My twin 3 yr olds recognized this book immediately when I brought it home, having saw the movie version not too long ago. It didn't matter, they were still fascinated with it. From every picture to every rhyme, they were enthralled. They love yelling out "We are here!" along with the Who's. Even my 5 yr old got into it. A fun read that's for the whole family.
Neda
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" I'll just have to save him. Because, after all,
A person's a person, no matter how small."
:)
Loved it :)
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Got to love Dr Seuss!

Horton can hear something no-one else can. It seems there is a another whole world living on a peck on a chive flower...and they are in grave danger. Horton makes it his mission to save them against all odds.

A good lesson in standing up for what you believe in and not giving up in adversity.
midnightfaerie
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another wonderful Dr. Seuss book that will be passed through your family for generations to come. My twin 3 yr olds recognized this book immediately when I brought it home, having saw the movie version not too long ago. It didn't matter, they were still fascinated with it. From every picture to every rhyme, they were enthralled. They love yelling out "We are here!" along with the Who's. Even my 5 yr old got into it. A fun read that's for the whole family.
Chaymâa
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I cannot read a Seuss’s book and not be smiling at the end for quite a moment.
Krissy
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***Rated by my son***
Liberty K
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Don't give up.
I believe in you all.
A person's a person
no matter how small!

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Matthew
After reading Horton Hatches the Egg I came to an understanding that you need to read the sequel right afterwards which made the whole story better. This book can be a standalone but I believe if you read the first book then you get a huge understanding of who Horton is and why he is loyal and persistent. I cannot say which one is better but I believe when it comes this book Dr. Seuss was more creative and found his flow of creativity.

In the sequel, Horton's baby is apparently nonexistent at all
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Mark Baker
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, picture-book
When Horton the elephant hears a small cry for help coming from a speck of dust, he immediately does what he can. However, the other animals in the jungle think there is nothing there and try to destroy that speck of dust. Can Horton prove to them that there is someone that needs to be protected?

Rereading this as an adult, I was struck by how strong the themes of standing up for what you believe and those who need your help are. But those themes never slow down the story, which features constant
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Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, american-20th-c
This one is also probably more of a 6- to 7-year old story but I’ll freely admit that I loved the movie!
Gerry
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool,/In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool ...' Horton the elephant hears a noise from a passing speck of dust. He doesn't believe his ears (and they are big!) but eventually he is persuaded that there is somebody there.

He, therefore, grabs the speck of dust and places on a clover. He converses with whoever is there and discovers it is a Who, the Mayor indeed, from Who-ville, a city on the speck of dust!

A listening kangaroo and her young can'
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Bettie☯
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Vipassana
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't realise what apt post-election reading this would be.
Courtney Bassett
horton is the one true ally
Debbie
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
My birth year, 1954, saw the publication of Horton Hears A Who!, by Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss. This is Seuss’ 11th book and the second (and last) in the series featuring the lovable elephant.

In the book, Horton’s huge ears, which have hearing superior to all of the other animals, hear a small voice emanating from a dust speck that floats by. The speck of dust is actually a tiny planet, home to a city called Who-ville, inhabited by microscopic-sized inhabitants known as Whos. He rescues
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Andrew Neuendorf
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Certainly the finest book in the American Canon. Seuss, initially conceiving the book as a response to the American occupation of Japan, instead constructed a multi-layered allegory addressing the historical pattern of the scientist/mystic at odds with a totalitarian church-state. Thus, on one level, the representation of Horton as the seer (literally and mystically) who is called to actions by unheard voices of intuition and other-worldliness while, at the same time, embodying the scientist who ...more
Samantha
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elephants
Horton the elephant defends the community of Whos living in small Whoville housed on a speck of dust. To better protect the smallest of the small, Horton cushions the speck of dust on a clover.

The animals also living in the jungle with Horton all doubt his claims that small persons are living in the dust speck and do all they can to make his task even more difficult. Forever faithful Horton, though, doesn't give up and he encourages every Who down in Whoville to raise his voice so tat the other
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Rienne Taylor
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
Horton hears A Who! is one of my favorite books and movies! Similar to How The Grinch Stole Christmas this movie takes place in a forest but what Horton hears is on a small spectacle of dusk (Whoville on a snowflake- they are both small) Horton is convinced there is something or someone on the dust. I think this book teaches about simple things and paying attention to what is surrounding you. It also teaches students to stand up for people especially ones who can not for themselves. I loved all ...more
Javone Mcclelland
This is a great, colorful and unique story. Dr. Seuss's illustrations are large and lively. This story is about an elephant named Horton who stumbles across a tiny spec on a leaf, this tiny spec wasn't just dirt, it was the town of Whoville. The Who's were watching as their lives were in danger. Horton spends his days trying to save their little spec, but nothing is going right. Horton tries to convince other animals that then town of Whoville is in danger but they don't believe him. One day the ...more
Scribble Orca
Nov 06, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: kids who like fun
Shelves: fun, kids-under-12
In the words of a six-year-old: "I like it when Horton jumps into the lake screaming and he makes his ears as a bathcap, then he swims on his back with his ears." A person is a person, no matter how small!
Shahrun
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure I have read this before, but I don't remember the animals of the Nool being so sinister! Still, I love Horton's determination and dedication to protecting the Who's.
Laura McLoughlin
Longer than I remember. Also, the other animals seemed strangely bothered by Horton't behavior.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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