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Horton Hears a Who!

(Horton the Elephant)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  101,856 ratings  ·  1,572 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. ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 10th 1990 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1954)
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Fergus
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the fifties, my Mom was head librarian for our small-town library (politically, we were termed a Police Village, whatever that meant).

So we kids got our literacy skills off and running when she used to catalogue books in our kitchen.

Especially since City View was in the middle of the postwar Baby Boom - like everywhere else back then - which required her little library to be stocked with piles and piles of kids' books!

And we were the first kids in our village of snug postwar bungalows to re
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Alejandro
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Dr. Seuss' stories ever!


PRICELESS TALE

I’ll just have to save him. Because, after all,

A person’s a person, no matter how small,

Without a doubt, one of the crowned jewels of Dr. Seuss’ work, presenting one of his strongest messages to the human civilization.

Horton, the elephant, appears again (he was introduced to the world in Horton Hatches the Egg), which is one of the most famous characters of Dr. Seuss.

Horton hears a Who (as quite adequately indicates the tale’s
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5 Awesome ★'s

“A person's a person, no matter how small.”

I absolutely love this book. No matter how many time's I read it throughout the years it's always incredible :) I have read several Dr. Seuss books in my time and this one is another wonderful book that will most definitely be passed down through your family for generations to come. From every picture to every rhyme, everything about it is just perfect. It's colorful and unique. The illustrations are large and lively. It's really fun t
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool,
In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool,
He was splashing . . . enjoying the jungle’s great joys . . .
When Horton the elephant heard a small noise.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Horton the kindly elephant has his work cut out saving the tiny Whos who live on a speck of dust – no one else believes they are there! But Horton eventually convinces everyone that ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small’!

MY THOUGHTS: Got to love Dr Seuss!

Horton can hea
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Ken
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr Seuss knack of telling a fun important tale in a creative rhyming way just has to be applauded.

Horton the Elephant is able to hear the small people that inhabit a small speck of dust.
Unfortunately it's only him that can hear the Who's of Whoville and is increasingly frustrated that the other animals in the jungle dont believe him.

One of the best parts of this adventure is how small the text is as the residents of Whoville as they communicate to the elephant.

Hortons courage to protect them alo
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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Me crying while reading this to small-fry??? More likely than you’d think
Sophia Triad
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Horton the elephant tries to help the little Who creatures and their town, Who-ville, that it is located on a speck of dust. He is the only one who can hear them scream for help.

I’ll just have to save him. Because, after all, 
A person’s a person, no matter how small


I hadn't realise that the Who creatures are that small...
My daughter thought that the Grinch should also have appeared in the story!
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 18, 2007 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
James
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all the classic Dr.Seuss books, 'Horton' has that unique combination of:
Attractive illustrations and exciting verse – both very dynamic, always moving always going somewhere new; both very strange, silly and bizarre – all in an extremely accessible, engaging and compelling (and let’s not forget educational) way – which creates Dr Seuss’s fantastically immersive world.

Apparently 'Horton' provides us with some social commentary from Dr Seuss on the subject matter of isolationism and inter
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Mak
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No matter what, this book always brings a big smile on my face. It is absolutely amazing how one can memorize so many pieces from one book. I just love the rhymes and this colourful journey of the beautiful friendship between two species that have never actually met.

It may be a children's book, but the story and the characters have a lot to teach us. And if all of us followed these examples -supposedly addressed just to kids- this would have been a much better world.

“A person's a person, no ma
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booklady
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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
Paul
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
*****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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Danielle
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 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 :)
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Abigail
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Picture-Book Readers Looking for Stories About Kindness and/or the Just Use of Strength & Power
That faithful elephant Horton returns in this follow-up to his initial adventure, chronicled in Horton Hatches the Egg , this time finding himself the guardian of an entire microscopic city. Hearing a voice coming from a speck of dust floating by him one day at the watering hole, kindhearted Horton realizes that there are tiny people on the speck - people so tiny they can't be seen. Guiding the speck to rest on a flower, Horton decides he will protect these miniature Whos - as the people are ...more
midnightfaerie
Aug 04, 2013 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. ...more
Krissy
***Rated by my son***
Shirley Revill
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my children's favourites both at home and for reading time at school.
They absolutely adore Horton. Recommended.
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Chaymâa
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I cannot read a Seuss’s book and not be smiling at the end for quite a moment.
Chrissie
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Horton tale isn't quite as touching as Horton Hatches the Egg, which preceded it by fourteen years. But it's a great follow-up (though I always would have liked the hatched elephant-bird to have made an appearance) and may possess a better rhyming footing...a bit more pep. And probably a bit more relatable for the younger, intended audience. ...more
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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Gerry
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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 it 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 c
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Mark Baker
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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midnightfaerie
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Liberty K
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Don't give up.
I believe in you all.
A person's a person
no matter how small!

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Steff Fox
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss books. I don’t know what it is about Horton and The Whos that I love so much, but it’s just such a wonderful story. And I’m so glad it exists.

Full review to come.
Trish
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just discovered Dr. Seuss and his lovely childrens books and am absolutely hooked! :-D
Beautiful drawings and gorgeous rhymes!
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-20th-c, kids
This one is also probably more of a 6- to 7-year old story but I’ll freely admit that I loved the movie!
Katja Labonté
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This book was amazing. Absolutely FULL of pro-life messages.

“Please don’t harm all my little folks, who
Have as much right to live as us bigger folks do!”


I love how dedicated Horton is to protecting the Whos, finding them again, and insisting on their voices being heard!

“A person’s a person, no matter how small!
And you very small persons will NOT have to die
If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”


One of Dr. Seuss’s best books, and a message the world NEEDS
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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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