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Horton Hatches the Egg

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  20,761 ratings  ·  422 reviews
Meet Horton the elephant, one of the most commendable heroes in children’s books.
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. . . .
An elephant’s faithful, one hundred per cent!”
Horton is kind and trustworthy, but unfortunately, the lazy bird Mayzie takes advantage of his good nature when she leaves Horton to watch her unhatched egg. Told with Dr. Seuss’s signature rh
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 12th 1940 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1940)
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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
Ginny Messina
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).

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
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.
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
Capri Conant
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
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
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
Alexandria Stephens
Horton Hatches the Egg is such an incredible book for kids. Not only does it teach perseverance and determination by Horton sitting on the egg through winter, spring and horrible weather "and he sat all that day and kept the egg warm and he sat all that night through a terrible storm." Other animals teased and taunted Horton for sitting on the egg but he sat anyway, he did what was right no matter what the people around him were saying. That's also a great point to talk to kids about when teachi ...more
Probably my favorite of all the Dr. Seuss books.
Julie Decker
This children's book introduces us to Horton, an elephant who promises to sit on an egg to keep it warm, and then endures bullying and hatred because he looks silly doing it. His faithfulness to his promise is rewarded in the end.

The repetitive text is perfect for kids just learning to read; it's fun to repeat "An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent," and I loved how strong Horton was in dealing with poor treatment from the other animals over doing what he'd promised that bird.

But because I
Another GREAT book by Dr. Seuss, and one of his earliest works. This story includes the beloved and recurring character of Horton the elephant. The kind, loving, and generous Horton finds himself in an interesting situation when a tired mama bird who doesn't really feel like sitting on her egg anymore, asks Horton if HE would mind nesting and sitting on her egg for a while. Horton obliges, thinking it will just be a temporary thing, but when the mama bird doesn't return, he realizes he is in thi ...more
Tonia Holloway
Jul 03, 2012 Tonia Holloway added it
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This is another great book for kids to join in with at the chorus. During the big group reading I would pass a fake egg around and give each child a chance to sit on the egg to protect it. In the chorus instead of saying 'an elephant keeps its word' I would change it to say 'miss holloway's class keeps there word'.
Jamie Drutz
This book was very entertaining! It was longer than the usual children's books I read which allowed for it to have a more developed story line. I love reading older picture books because the mediums they use for the illustrations are always so much simpler, yet so great to me! Most of this book's illustrations appears to have been done in predominantly charcoal or pencil. Even though these parts of the images may not be in color, color was sometimes added around them in full bleed (such as in th ...more
Steven Peterson
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books! Maysie the would-be momma bird takes off for warmer climes, without staying with her egg until it hatches. She makes an odd choice for a surrogate mother--Horton the elephant. However, he does his duty (100%), patiently nurturing the egg. And the end? Fully satisfying!
Oct 20, 2008 Tiffany rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids and adults alike
I love the lessons in this book of enduring through trials, keeping your promises, and finding your reward.

I cry when I read this to my kids. Even (and maybe especially) adults need the reminder that things ARE hard, but we do them anyway, and we are blessed for it.
It was so good! I would easily fall in love with Horton, just need to find him first.
The story is good and educated...

It's about Horton the Elephant who helped his friend the bird to hatches the egg.
He is a loyal elephant
He is a good warm hearted elephant
He is a caring elephant

The bird told him that she just going around for a bit second. But she was forgot in purpose to let Horton takes the responsibility to take care the egg.

Horton is decent elephant, not in a second he left the egg, he protect the egg with his whole heart.
Until after 40 more weeks the egg was hatches and it j
My daughter and I loved this book when she was younger, and we still do! This is one of those books that will be read over & over again.
Geisha Cielos (loquaciousreaders)
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!” I loved this book, and that quote is literally suck in my head.

I love everything Dr. Seuss, no matter how strange the story is. This book is about Horton the elephant keeping his word about helping a momma bird watch her egg while she takes her rest, he stays there for days, and, weeks just because he "He meant what he said and he said what he meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!" (I literall
Surprisingly, I’ve never read this book. My son was interested in elephants, so I decided to give this book a try. I actually enjoyed reading the story, as hit features the famous line, “An elephant is faithful, one hundred percent,” plus it has a good moral. Horton the elephant is tricked into sitting on a mommy bird’s egg, after the mommy decides she’s had enough and wants to go on a vacation. She leaves for nearly a year. Horton, meanwhile, is still patiently sitting on the egg. Some hunters ...more
Merri Platt
This story is about an elephant living in the jungle with all kinds of animals. Everybody likes Horton and he likes them. As he is walking along he comes across Mayzie a bird who is sick of sitting on her egg. She tricks Horton into sitting on the egg while she goes on vacation. He sits and sits and sits while he is mocked by his jungle friends. During this time, he is spotted by some hunters who are amazed that an elephant is sitting on an egg. They decide to take him home with them to the circ ...more
He meant what he said and he said what he meant :)
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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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