Every Doctor Seuss book has a theme. Even though these books are for children, they have an adult message. The obvious theme is that every person counts. The adult theme is something I firmly believe in. I am very short, and the book incorporates "Short Power" It teaches kids and adults like about good ways to treat others (especially the short ones).
I suspect that even people who don't know a word of English might enjoy Dr. Seuss's galloping rhythms, precise rhymes, and intricate illustrations of creatures and objects that couldn't possibly exist outside the wonderful, whimsical Seussian universe. But in Horton Hears a Who, the good doctor uses his inimitable talents not only to amuse but to weave a morality tale of surprising profundity. Although Horton is the largest creature in the Jungle of Nool, he alone is sensitive to the needs of the very smallest and most helpless. "A person's a person no matter how small" is a refrain that has rung true with several generations of young readers, and it is a credo that is no less valid today than it was half a century ago. Although Horton is referring to the tiny inhabitants of Whoville, young readers know intuitively that the author is really speaking about them. That children both need and deserve the respect and protection of their elders is a point that is all too rarely made in children's literature. Come to think of it, don't all of need to be reassured once in a while that compassionate spirits like Horton can be counted upon to come forward in times of crisis to protect us from the likes of the gleefully ignorant Wickersham Brothers and the mean-spirited Vlad Vlad-i-koff?
Horton Hears A Who was about much much more than Horton's predicament. Written in the early 1950's, this story reflected a new way of thinking for Dr. Seuss as an individual, and ran contrary to the grain of much of the sentiment in the United States at the time. During the early 1950's the results of the Marshall Plan were still unclear, and Americans, who had just fought a fierce war with Japan and Germany in the decade before, were debating whether or not to continue with our aid, protection and reconstruction programs. The programs were designed to give our defeated foes a chance to rebuild. They were a brave new experiment. An effort to avoid punishing the populous for its bad leadership. Also, for the first time in history, and effort to love your enemy, in the hopes of making them your friend forever. Many Americans viewed the Germans and Japanese with disdain. They were calling for an end to aid for a variety of reasons, most of which are touched upon in the book. Despite his racially charged characterizations of the Japanese *during* the war, Dr. Seuss was coming to terms with the fact that the general populations of Germany and Japan were additional victoms of the war - simply leftover pawns in a terrible game. Seuss wrote this book in an effort to get the word out that, despite differences past and present, we should try to care about one another just the same. You see: "the Whos down in Whoville on top of that little speck are people,regardless of race,creed-or size!" Dr. Seuss was compelled by the helplessness of these devestated nations, and was issuing an appeal for everyone to start looking at nations as a collection of real people, rather than as a monolithic "other".
Dieses Buch wird - obwohl es für mein Kind die falsche Sprache hat - hier rauf und runter "gelesen". Meine 3-Jährige Tochter liebt die Geschichte, sie liebt Horton, sie mag die Bilder und träumt sich damit in eine eigene Welt. Einfach nur schön und ein unschlagbarer Klassiker.
This is another book by Dr. Seuss that time and lots of little hands wore out my copy of the book before it could wear out the tale. Horton the Elephant (of egg hatching fame) is back again in this gentle tale. This time the elephant that's faithful one hundred percent is the only one who hears the inhabitants of Who-ville. Which just happens to exist on a speck of dust. Too small to have people? "A person's a person, no matter how small", Horton steadfastly maintains. A great book about having faith and determination. Lots of color pictures and easy to read words make it enjoyable for early readers and non-readers alike. Even older readers won't mind reading this tale again and again.
Diese Geschichte ist ausgesprochen nett gemacht. Die Reime sind richtig gut und zum Schmunzeln. Sie sind nicht hingebogen, sondern klingen gut und sind gut verständlich für Kinder, die schon gut Englisch können. Nichts für Englisch-Anfänger.
First he sat on the egg, and no matter what, he wouldn't break his promise. This time Horton is fighting for the little guys in Whoville. While we all know what a great and dependable elephant he is, when he says "a persons a person, no matter how small." all of our hearts swell with pride. As usual Dr Suess' characters are wonderfull, lively, and always manage to sneak some sort of life lesson in there, without beating you over the head with it. This sweet compassionate story of an elephant with a heart of gold will have you cheering once again for Horton. He's a lovable guy, whose body size is only matched by the size of his heart, big.
The model of commitment and loyalty, Horton the elephant personifies the true best friend we would all like to have. In this gentle and charming tale with clever illustrations and near-human facial expressions, Seuss has once again penned a timeless classic to be cherished for generations. The underlying theme "a person's a person no matter how small" is a reminder of just how precious life is, in Who-ville or anywhere else,--at age 2 or 102. This is a welcome addition to any child's library (and a nostalgic read for Moms and Dads as well). With stories that never go out of style, Seuss himself joyfully lives on...
Readers are first introduced to Horton--the gentle elephant who "does what he says and says what he does, an elephant faithful one hundred percent"--in Dr. Seuss's Horton Hatches the Egg. In this sequel Horton is again faced with misunderstanding and prejudice when he tries to save his tiny friends in Whoville, and again he proves faithfulness and compassion triumph. As in Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr. Seuss's unique rhyming style and whimsical illustrations do not fail to capture and hold a child's attention. Horton will forever remain a gentle, comfortable friend in a child's memory.