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Horton Hears a Who!

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  58,586 ratings  ·  782 reviews
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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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
May 12, 2008 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
midnightfaerie
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
I cannot read a Seuss’s book and not be smiling at the end for quite a moment.
Gerry
'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'...more
Paul
*****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...more
midnightfaerie
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.
Scribble Orca
Nov 06, 2010 Scribble Orca 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!
Debbie
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...more
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
Samantha
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...more
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
Lisa Vegan
Oct 18, 2007 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 Who’s do their part as well! One of those children’s books that can become more meaningful...more
Megan
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
Deena Lernor
Horton Hears a Who, is a story full of courage. Horton a young elephant, hears a voice on a dust speck. He finds out that this clover is a whole town itself. The kangaroo thinks he is not talking to anyone and she turns the town against him. Horton calls on the dust speck to show that everyone is real but they don't believe him and decide to cage him. Horton once again calls on the town of Whoville to make their loudest noise so they can be heard. The Who's go near and far to find every who to m...more
Abby Spiel
Horton, who is very big because he in an Elephant, was splashing around in the pool of the jungle when he hears a small noise. It's the middle of May and no one is around, so Horton looks around for the small noise. He finally finds where the noise is coming from and is shocked when he finds a whole heap of folks called Who's in just a small clover. He feels it is his duty to protect the village of Who's from the evil around the jungle because a person is a person no matter how small!

The best pa...more
Kristen Twitty
This story is about a cute elephant named Horton, who lives in the jungle of Nool and he hears a tiny voice and wants to figure out what it is. He meets the whos and he cannot see them, but he can hear them. However, the kangaroo who runs the jungle doesn’t believe him and everyone in the jungle thinks Horton is crazy and mock him. In the end, Horton stands up for the Whos and defends their little community.
Dr. Seuss uses some imagery to make us feel what he is saying, for example, “In the heat...more
Allison Moore
"Horton Hears a Who!" is a Dr. Seuss classic that people of all ages would enjoy to read. Like other Dr. Seuss books, the entire story is written as a poem with rhyming words on each line. In this story, Horton is an elephant who happens to come across a tiny speck. When this tiny speck passes him, he hears the voices of people who live in the speck. These people are called Whos. Horton agrees with these people that he will keep them safe. Unfortunately, the people from Horton's town don't belie...more
Cole Hoffman
The story starts off with Horton the elephant hearing a voice on a speck of dust and setting the dust speck on a clover to save the little person. He then realizes that on the clover is a whole village of Who people who are too small to see, but sense Horton has incredible hearing, he can hear the people. However all the other big animals make fun of Horton for holding a clover so dear and they all think that he has lost his mind. With that Horton runs into some trouble from heckling kangaroos,...more
Samantha Holler
This book is about an elephant that discovers an entire tiny town living on a speck. As Horton strives to protect the town, others believe that he is crazy. Horton must attempt to keep the town alive and get everyone to believe exactly what he believes. However, the town does not seem amused and if they do not believe him, they will destroy the speck which them destroys the town. I think the meaning of this book is great. This book teaches children that size does not matter. A person is a person...more
Julie Decker
This Dr. Seuss book involves Horton the elephant discovering a tiny civilization on the head of a clover. Trouble is, the other animals think he's making it up, and are so invested in proving him wrong that they take his clover and try to destroy it. It's up to Horton to protect these tiny people even though no one can hear their voices but him.

This one was very appealing to me as a child because I knew what it was like to be the only person who believed, liked, or experienced something and to b...more
Peter Besbeas
The story Horton Hears a Who is a story about an elephant named Horton that hears a whole world of people living on a little speck (Whoville). Horton discovers a whole new world in this little speck. He is called crazy by other animals around him (specifically a Kangaroo). The other animals insist on destroying the speck even though there is an entire world on the speck. Eventually a kid named JoJo that lives in the speck and is also the majors son helps the other animals hear them by yelling ou...more
Madeline Isaak
Horton Hears a Who: This book is about an elephant that discovers an entire tiny town living on a speck. As Horton strives to protect the town, others believe that he’s crazy. Horton must attempt to keep the town alive and get everyone to believe. This book as many hidden lessons that are very important for students to know and understand. First this book teaches students that even if your small you can still be heard. This means that students should always voice their opinion no matter what. It...more
Heather
This book was a little harder for my kids to sit through. It's a great book and held their attention, but it's a touch long. Probably best to break it up over two days. Or make sure everyone's gone to the bathroom and had a snack and a drink first.

It's harder than most other Seuss books. More for the 'been reading a while' set.
Kathryn
How does it go? "A person is a person no matter how small?" Something along those lines. This is classic and perfect Seuss, a book which should be in every house with children learning to read. Excellent moral, pictures, rhymes, and fun to read aloud for adults. It all flows very well.
Kaitlyn
Horton Hears a Who is about an elephant named Horton who hears a small sound coming from a plant and discovers that people actually live on that flower. The people of Whoville, the town that is on the flower, tell him that they are in danger due to the fall so Horton does everything he can to help save them. Horton starts to be ridiculed by other animals in the jungle for protecting the flower but does not let them get to him. I would recommend this book in a classroom because there is a great m...more
Amy
I'm 40 years old, and have never read Horton Hears a Who! I wasn't even familiar with the story! How can that be?! My niece and I read this one today (my nephew wasn't interested in the least), and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! Very sweet story!
Caty Carino
This book is about an elephant that discovers an entire tiny town living on a speck. As Horton strives to protect the town, others believe that he’s crazy. Horton must attempt to keep the town alive and get everyone to believe. This book teaches children that even if you’re small, you can still be heard and to help others. I feel like this is an awesome book to use in the classroom. It provides the moral lesson that one’s idea should not be shut down. I would love to incorporate this book with a...more
Kaethe
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.
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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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