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Horton Hears a Who!

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  72,486 ratings  ·  910 reviews
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
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published by MGM/UA (first published August 1954)
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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
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
Lisa Vegan
Feb 15, 2015 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
May 12, 2008 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Skylar Burris
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
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.
Beth Sniffs Books
I wasn’t as impressed or awed as I thought I would be.

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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.
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
I cannot read a Seuss’s book and not be smiling at the end for quite a moment.
'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'
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!
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.
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.
Mohammed Al-Garawi
This is deeper than you can ever think a children book can ever be.
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
Brice Sainsbury
After reading this book I began to think that if you are so small that you leave your national security up to an elephant, you don't deserve to exist. It also brought to my attention that Australians, represented by a kangaroo and her baby kangaroo, are arrogant and will poke fun of you behind your back. Lesson number 1, never befriend an Aussie! In my opinion the jungle is no place to live, if three monkeys can pick on an elephant and steal his clover then there is a problem. I kind of suspect ...more
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
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
This has been one of my favorite books for as long as I can remember. The meaning changes with age. Starting with when you're young and realizing being little doesn't mean you can't have an impact, as a young adult it means you can go your own way and listen to what you think is right, and as an adult it's about equality. I also think these ideas and themes change per person. how I feel may not be how you feel and I think that's the beauty of it.
Rienne Taylor
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
For some reason this Dr. Seuss book could not succeed in capturing my son's attention, big Seuss fan that he is. I can't put my finger on what it is, maybe the length? Maybe the concept of tiny people on a tiny planet? He wasn't into it.

Until we saw Seussical the Musical, that is. The musical combines many Dr. Seuss stories (and possibly references all of them, I haven't cross-referenced...yet), but Horton and his Whos and Horton and his egg are the two major plot points.

My 4 year old loved th
Gabriela Cano
These might be the usual books children read, but I love the story behind this book, my sister loves it and I always read it to her. I would use this as a individual read for ages 8-9.
Nathalia Rojas.
Not just for children. A powerful book about caring for those who may not have a voice in society.
I love this book, it is so cute and the movie is just as great as well!
I love this book because when i read it was so funny
I love this book
I never read it as a kid
but i see why it's a classic
I love Dr. Seuss books. They're so fun to read aloud (especially to kids, who get big kicks out of the nonsensical and made-up words) and the rhyming gives everything a nice rhythm and pace. This one was a little long for a 5-year-old to sit through but after a couple of "quit messing with that"s we made it through. It's pretty much the same as the movie, only shorter and with a bit less action. If you liked the movie though you'll probably like the book. Overall a very fun book with a very impo ...more
In Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss writes about the hardships that the elephant Horton faces trying to save tiny people he hears on a speck. Dr. Seuss, while in fact not a doctor at all, is a famous children’s author who entertains through his use of vibrant illustrations and rhyme schemes. This book of just one of many of Seuss’s allegories, showing political problems through simple storybook characters. This particular allegory uses the message that big people should listen to little people. In ...more
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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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