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Horton Hatches the Egg (Horton the Elephant)

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Everyone laughs when Horton the Elephant offers to sit on Mayzie bird's egg while she goes on holiday. Horton's kindness and faithfulness are sorely tested when he, and the egg, are kidnapped and sold to a circus - but his reward for being faithful is more wonderful than he could ever have dreamed!

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Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 2nd 2004 by Harpercollins Children's Books (first published 1940)
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Jul 21, 2008 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
It's impossible for me to have a favorite Dr. Seuss book, but this one gives some stiff competition. Whenever I read it to my nursery school English classes, I ask the kids to whom the egg ultimately belongs right before the baby hatches. The younger kids in the class (2 to 3 years old) almost always say the egg belongs to the bird because eggs belong with birds. The older kids (4 to 5) say the egg belongs to the elephant because he took care of it. An interesting revelation as to how kids appro ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Kelley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Read to a classroom of first graders

The kids knew all about "Horton Hears a Who" but they didn't know "Horton Hatches the Egg". This is still one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Maisy talks Horton the Elephant into sitting on her egg because it's just too much work. Of course, Maisy flies away and doesn't intend to come back. Meanwhile, Horton sits on her egg for 51 weeks because, "I meant what a said and I said what I meant, an elephant's faithful 100 percent". The kids love that no matter what
Ginny Messina
Jan 28, 2008 Ginny Messina rated it it was amazing
One of Dr Seuss's earliest books, and for me, his all-time best. I adore Horton! His determined goodness and those wonderful expressions on his dear face. I still read this several times a year and never fail to be pleased that things work out well for Horton in the end. And clearly Dr Seuss was ahead of his time; as it turns out, research into their lives in the wild reveals that elephants are indeed faithful (one hundred percent).

Jun 16, 2015 Gerry rated it really liked it
How can one not like Dr Seuss?

In this typically zany tale, Horton the elephant agrees to look after lazy Mayzie's egg and once Horton has committed to a task, he sticks to it - come what may.

Once Mayzie has persuaded Horton to sit on the egg in the nest at the top of the tree, she departs for a holiday in Palm Beach where she is pictured soaking up the sun, having a wonderful rest and determined never to go back to her nest.

So that leaves Horton trying to overcome all obstacles, including some h
Jul 26, 2008 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It is an all time favorite for me. This book conveys the importance of integratiy if the face of adversity. This book shows that different isn't bad and despite the challenge of being or doing something that is outside the relms of what is expected that the result of doing this with integrity and dilligence should result in the new beginings of acceptance. It should be...It should be..... It should be like that....but it is classified as a children's story.
Kara Roberts
Poor Horton. Dr. Seuss's kindly elephant is persuaded to sit on an egg while its mother, the good-for-nothing bird lazy Maysie, takes a break. Little does Horton know that Maysie is setting off for a permanent vacation in Palm Springs. He waits, and waits, never leaving his precarious branch, even through a freezing winter and a spring that's punctuated by the insults of his friends. ("They taunted. They teased him. They yelled 'How Absurd! Old Horton the Elephant thinks he's a bird!'") Further ...more
While reading this book I could have sworn that I read this book but could never find a memory of the book or even opening it until I realized that I saw the short film version created by Warner Bros. I loved watching that cartoon and now I realize that its based off from none other than Dr. Seuss.

This book receives all the stars it deserves because the storyline was adorable, the illustrations were on point, and the rhyming scheme was perfect. I believe Dr. Seuss is one of the best ways of intr
Maria João Fernandes
"You've nothing to do and I do need a rest.
Would YOU like to sit on the egg in my nest?"

Esta é a história do ovo de um pássaro chamado Mayzie, que como muitas mãe está aborrecida de tomar conta do seu filho, que ainda não nasceu. Determinada a ir de férias para Palm Beach, Mayzie namorisca com Horton, um elefante simpático, que após os seus pedidos insistentes, toma o seu lugar em cima do pequeno ovo.

"Old Horton the Elephant
Thinks he's a bird!"

Horton é amoroso e de confiança, ao contrário de Ma
Lorraine Ryan
May 04, 2012 Lorraine Ryan rated it really liked it
This is an exciting book to capture a child’s imagination and is written by the great Dr. Seuss. I would recommend it for children aged 4-7 years as it would teach them in a fun way, the importance of keeping your word and looking out for people who are in need. Mayzie, a very lazy bird persuades Horton, an elephant, to sit on her egg to help her hatch it, while she takes a well earned rest . But what Horton doesn’t know is she is headed for a very long break to the Palm Springs. I loved the fac ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I have loved this book forever and forever. Horton the elephant, ever helpful, agrees to watch Mayzie the lazy bird's egg while she stretches her wings. That stretch becomes a semi-permanent vacation as Horton sits on the egg through all kinds of weather and even as hunters have him in their sights.

The greedy hunters sell Horton to a circus and he travels far and wide. One week shy of a year, Horton's egg begins to crack and wouldn't you know it? Old Mayzie the lazy bird is back to claim what's
"Horton Hatches the Egg" is one of Dr. Seuss' most memorable classics as it stars everyone's favorite elephant, Horton! This time, Horton has his hands full as he tries his best to take care of a lazy bird named Mayzie's egg while she goes off to take a vacation. Unfortunately, hunters come in the jungle and they got Horton trapped! Will Horton get out of this dangerous predicament and still protect Mayzie's egg? Read the story to find out!

Dr. Seuss had done a great job at both illustrating and
Brittany Young
Sep 11, 2011 Brittany Young rated it really liked it
As soon as I opened the book, I immediately recognized it as a Dr. Seuss book. The cover is a bold green with a white Horton standing out. The thick black lines from the illustrations and the cover were also a traditional Seuss style. Inside on the pages, the images look like their drawn and shaded in with color pencils. The illustrations are teal and white, with accents of red. The red helps draw the viewer’s eye across the pages and deep into the drawings. The text is very lyrical and rhymes i ...more
Daniel Bush
Apr 24, 2013 Daniel Bush rated it really liked it
When Mayzie the lazy bird lays an egg on top of a tree, she really cannot be bothered to wait for it to hatch, so she convinces Horton the elephant to do the job for her. He sits there through all sorts of weather, gets laughed at by the other animals, survives being shot at by hunters, and then gets transported by cart and boat only to be sold to a circus (whilst all this time remaining on top of the egg on the tree).
During all of his sufferings, lazy Mayzie is relaxing on a beach oblivious to
Aaron Campling
May 01, 2013 Aaron Campling rated it really liked it

This is a lovely book by Dr. Seuss.

Wanting to take a break, the lazy bird, Maysie convinces Horton to sit on her egg and wait for it to hatch. Unbeknown to Horton however, is that Maysie's 'break' consists of setting off for a permanent vacation in Palm Springs.

Horton waits and waits, sitting there through all sorts of weather. He is laughed at ("They taunted. They teased him. They yelled 'How Absurd! Old Horton the Elephant thinks he's a bird!'"), and is even shot at by hunters! Horton shows h
Feb 26, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids
As an adoptive mom, I found the charge that the birth-mother was lazy and greedy difficult to stomach. In this case Maysie completely abandoned the egg to someone with no idea if it was a good caregiver and then takes off. Not a good parent, but certainly NOT representative of all parents who place their kids for adoption. I could see my son's questions forming as we read it: why would she abandon her egg? Why couldn't she take care of the egg? (in his head: why couldn't my mom take care of me? ...more
Dec 09, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
If there is one go-to read-aloud, this is it for me. Perfect length. Perfectly paced. Perfectly dramatic. Permits vocal theatrics to your heart's content (at least the way I read it--from the flighty, high-pitched female voice of Mazy the lazy bird, to the derisive hoots of Horton's jungle "friends," to the gut-wrenching, depressed (or sea-sick!--therefore, about to vomit) groans of faithful Horton, to the vengeful, accusatory and wickedly self-righteous Mazy when it appears that faithful Horton ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing
A wonderful rhyming story featuring laziness, elephants in trees, hunters, a circus and some confusing genetics.

We liked this story, you really feel sorry for Horton, tricked into doing something that isn't natural for him, but he is an elephant and we all know elephants always keep their word.
Fabian Acevedo
Mar 23, 2016 Fabian Acevedo rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites books is Horton Hatches the egg written by Dr.Seuss. I think that other kids should read this AWESOME book and give it 5 stars.

One reason I recommend this book because It is interesting . Horton is an elephant and he is sitting on an egg like a bird! Horton was freezing in the winter sitting on the egg, there was a storm but Horton kept sitting on the egg . He kept his word 100%.

I think Horton Hatches the Egg is great is because the whole Dr.Seuss book rhymes. For exampl
Michelle Jones
Mar 03, 2015 Michelle Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, children
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday (which I know was yesterday, but I was busy), I decided to reread an old favorite. Even as an adult, I enjoyed the fun rhyme and lesson about responsibility. It also brought back wonderful childhood memories, so Horton Hatches the Egg is easily 5 stars.
Mark Baker
Dec 20, 2015 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, 2015
Mayzie the bird is tired of trying to hatch her egg, so Horton, an elephant, agrees to keep it warm for her. Will he stick with it no matter what happens to him?

This is a Dr. Seuss classic told in rhyme with wonderful illustrations. I loved it as a kid, and it holds up well today. Plus it has a good lesson about stilling to your commitments.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Capri Conant
Sep 13, 2012 Capri Conant rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! As always, Dr. Seuss creates a beautiful story full of bright and colorful images and rich entertaining text. As Horton the Elephant is taking a walk one day, he comes across a very lazy bird who doesn't want to sit on her egg anymore. She asks Horton to sit on her egg so she can take a little break. Horton eventually agrees and promises to stay on the egg. Once the bird leaves, she forgets all about Horton and her egg and goes on vacation! Horton is a very faithful eg ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Kristin rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book! Dr. Seuss is one of my all time favorite authors and this has to be one of his best books! In this story we meet Horton the Elephant who does Mayzie (a lazy bird) a favor by sitting on her egg so she can go off and play. Since Horton is an elephant sitting on an egg he draws a lot of attention and his fellow citizens think he’s crazy! Even though he is made fun of by his friends Horton remains on the egg because that’s what he promised he would do. I love the moral ...more
Aug 01, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
I love Horton the elephant so much. He is probably the kindest character in all of Seuss world.

In this book, Horton states "an elephant's faithful, one hundred percent". And he was. Even when hunting rifles were pointed at his heart. Even when he was taken from his home and put on a boat. Even when he was forced into a circus. And he was rewarded for his kindness and faithfulness.
Mar 01, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, 100 percent." What a great lesson...and what a better world this would be if people meant what they said and said what they meant. Love that Dr. Seuss had such an ability to teach lessons in fun, creative and inspiring ways.
Feb 24, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
A fun read with my 5 yr old.
Dec 27, 2014 Lazar rated it really liked it
So funny lol
Candace Nelson
Horton Hatches An Egg by Dr. Seuss tells another story of the kind-hearted Horton. Horton is walking around one day when he sees Mayzie, a lazy bird sitting on her egg. She is bored and wants to take a break so she asks Horton to sit on her egg for just a little bit. Horton agrees and Mayzie leaves. While Horton is sitting on the egg for hours and throughout storms Mayzie is enjoying her vacation so much she decides to never go back. Day after day passes and soon seasons change, but Horton does ...more
Nicole Salem
Mar 28, 2016 Nicole Salem rated it really liked it
Horton Hatches The Egg

Summary: Mayzie is a very lazy bird that kept on complaining that she did not want to sit on her nest and she wanted someone else to do it for her so she told Horton the elephant as he passed by and he agreed. She said she was going to take a break only but she was so happy that decided never to come back. Horton did not leave the nest even if his friends made fun of him, he wanted to play and he was freezing on the cold. Hunters came and where amazed that an elephant was o
Feb 01, 2016 Katy rated it really liked it
Horton Hatches the Egg is a wonderful story that shows that when you work for something, you get what you deserve. Mayzie the bird is too lazy to sit on her egg in the nest and asks Horton the elephant to do it for her. So Horton, being a very faithful elephant, sits on the egg. Day and night, warm and cold, through all of the seasons. But when it's time for the egg to hatch, Mayzie wants it back. But rightfully, the egg is Hortons' since he is the one that has been taking such good care of it. ...more
Kathy Davie
Dec 19, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
Horton Hatches the Egg was the first Horton written by Dr. Seuss and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958.

My Take
Horton Hatches the Egg was the first Horton written, and I can thoroughly understand why this is considered a classic. The rhythm of reading perked me up no end, and I adored the illustrations. Simple, spare, with lots of humor.

Aww, I love it! I'm finally getting to the source of those quotes I've been hearing all my life!
"I meant what I said
And I said what I meant…
An elephant's
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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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