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Horton Entend un Zou! (Horton the Elephant)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  81,986 Ratings  ·  1,084 Reviews
Originally published in English as Horton Hears a Who!, this new French translation faithfully captures Dr. Seuss' beloved story and playful rhyme.

Here is the classic tale of the gentle elephant Horton and his unyielding effort to save the infinitesimally small residents of a spec of dust. Perfect for learning to read French, Horton entend un Zou! also encourages readers t
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Ulysses Press (first published August 1954)
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 18, 2007 Lisa Vegan 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
booklady
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
Danielle
Feb 23, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*****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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midnightfaerie
Aug 04, 2013 midnightfaerie 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.
Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 Skylar Burris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Neda
Nov 12, 2014 Neda 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 :)
midnightfaerie
Mar 18, 2012 midnightfaerie 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.
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.
Mark Baker
Mar 28, 2016 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, 2016
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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Fino
Oct 16, 2016 Fino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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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Vipassana
I didn't realise what apt post-election reading this would be.
Andrew Neuendorf
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
Rienne Taylor
Dec 09, 2014 Rienne Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shahrun
Sep 23, 2016 Shahrun 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.
Beth
I wasn’t as impressed or awed as I thought I would be.

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Laura McLoughlin
Longer than I remember. Also, the other animals seemed strangely bothered by Horton't behavior.
Chaymâa
Oct 15, 2013 Chaymâa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot read a Seuss’s book and not be smiling at the end for quite a moment.
Katie Johnson
Horton Hears a Who is a classic children's book about what it takes to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves and provide support to communities in need. Horton the elephant discovers a whole community existing within a speck of dust and while he tells everyone about these little people no one believes him. I would use this book as an introductory text to a unit about advocacy and what it takes for an individual to go against the majority and stand up for marginalized communities. ...more
Scribble Orca
Nov 06, 2010 Scribble Orca added it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Vi
Nov 16, 2016 Vi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We have several books from the Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection and our little boy loves them all. He goes crazy for the hand puppet and if he could rate, he'd give this book 10 stars. The book is short and not as entertaining for me as some of the other books in this collection.
Bettie☯
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Kaethe
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm quite fond of Horton and his belief that "a person's a person, no matter how small" probably because I have never been anything other than short.
Russell
Can you imagine living with Dr. Suess? Did he talk like this? Did his kids grown up to be retards incapable of communicating normally? It boggles the mind.
Rania Chokor
Dec 27, 2014 Rania Chokor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A person's a person, no matter how small.”
Cristal Martinez
Feb 03, 2017 Cristal Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was a child, and I re-read it now. I still enjoyed every page of it! Horton as usual relaxing in the pool in the Jungle, hears a speck of dust calling for help. He offers his help to the whos in who-ville and protects the speck of dust by putting it on a soft clover. Holding the clover tightly with his trunk, the kangaroo and the monkeys believe Horton has gone nuts. The monkeys take his clover and hand it to the eagle who drops it in a clover field, but Horton found it b ...more
Rylie
Feb 11, 2017 Rylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horton Hears a Who begins with Horton, an elephant, splashing in the jungle pond when he hears a faint yelling. With his large ears he hears a person yelling from a tiny speck of dust. During this part of the text I noticed a very dramatic use of the elephants gaze. We are taken to a closer point of view and we can clearly see that Horton is looking up and to the right. His enlarged eyes and direct stare clearly takes us to speck of dust floating through the air. I felt like this really added to ...more
Sadia Mansoor
Jan 06, 2017 Sadia Mansoor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
"A person's a person, no matter how small."
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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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