Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss Read Aloud (2023)


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A Dr. Seuss classic that instills "A person's a person, no matter how small."


Horton Hears, a Who by Dr Seuss on the 15th of May in the jungle of Newell 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, so Horton stopped splashing.

He looked toward the sound that's, funny thought, Horton, there's, no one around.

Then he heard it again, just a very faint Yelp.

As if some tiny person were calling for help I'll help, you said, Horton, but who are you where he looked? And he looked, he could see nothing there, but a small Speck of dust blowing past through the air I say, murmured, Horton, I've never heard tell with a small Speck of dust that is able to yell.

So you know, what I think why I think that there must be someone on top of that small Speck of dust, some sort of a creature, a very small size, two small to be seen by an elephant's eyes shaking with here, that'll blow in the blowing that he has no way to stare I'll just have to save him.

Because after all a person's, a person, no matter how small so gently in using the greatest of care, the elephant, stretched his great trunk through the air, and he lifted the dust back and carried it over and placed it down safe on a very soft, clover, humped, a voice.

It was a sour kangaroo.

And the young kangaroo in her pouch said, too.

Why that Speck is as small as the head of a pin a person on that? Why there never has been believe me said, Horton, I, tell you sincerely, my ears are quite keen and I hurt him.

Quite clearly I know, there's a person down there and what's more quite likely, there's two, even three, even four quite likely, a family for all that we know a family with children just starting to grow.

So please Horton said as a favor to me, try not to disturb them.

Just please.

Let them be I.

Think you're.

A fool left the sour kangaroo.

And the young kangaroo in her pouch said, me, too you're.

The Biggest Blame, Fool In, the Jungle of Newell and the kangaroos plunged in the cool of the pool, what terrible splashing, the elephant, frowned, I can't, let my very small Persons, get drowned I've got to protect them I'm bigger than they.

So he plucked up the Clover and hustled away through the high jungle Treetops.

The news quickly spread.

He talks to a dust species out of his head.

Just look at him walk with that Speck on that flower and Horton walked worrying almost an hour should I put the spec down Horton thought with alarm.

If I do these small persons may come to Great harm, I can't, put it down and I won't after all a person's, a person, no matter how small then Horton stopped walking the spec voice was talking the voice was so faint.

He could just barely hear it speak up.

Please said, Horton, he put his ear near it.

My friend came the voice you're, a very fine friend.

You've helped all his folks on this dust spec no end.

You've saved all our houses, our ceilings and Floors.

You've saved all our churches and grocery stores.

Humane Horton gasped, you have buildings there, too, oh, yes, pipe.

The Voice.

We most certainly do I know called The, Voice, I'm, too small to be seen, but I'm mayor of a town that is friendly and clean our buildings to you would seem terribly small.

But to us who aren't big.

They are wonderfully tall.

My town is called Whoville for I am a who.

And we whose are all thankful and grateful to you and Horton called back to the mayor of the Town you're safe.

Now, don't worry, I, won't, let you down.

But just as he spoke to the mayor of the spec three, big jungle.

Monkeys climbed up Horton's neck.

The Wickersham brothers came shouting, what rot this elephant's talking to who's, who are not there, aren't any hoos, and they don't have a mayor and we're going to stop all this nonsense.

So later, they snatched Horton's, Clover, They carried it off to a black-bottomed eagle named Vlad bladdy cough, a mighty strong, Ingle Eagle, a very Swift wing.

And they said, will you kindly get rid of this thing? And before the poor elephant, even could speak that eagle flew off with the flower in his beak, all that late afternoon and far into the night that black bottom bird, flapped his wings in fast flight while Horton chased after with groans over stones that tattered his toenails and battered his bones.

And he begged, please don't horrible.

My little folks who have as much right to live as those bigger folks do but far far beyond him that eagle kept flapping and over his shoulder called back quit.

Air yapping I'll fly the night through I'm, a bird, I don't, mind it and I'll hide this tomorrow where you'll never find it.

And at 6, 56 the next morning, he did it.

It sure was a terrible place that he hid it.

He let that small Clover drop somewhere inside of a great patch of clovers, a hundred miles wide, find that's near the bird, but I think you will fail.

And he left with a flip of his black bottom tail, oh, find it cried.

Horton I'll, find it her bust.

I shall find my friends on my small Speck of dust and clover by Clover by clover with care.

He picked up and searched them and called are you there, but Clover by Clover by Clover.

He found that the one that he sought for was just not around.

And by noon poor old, Horton, more dead than alive, had picked searched and piled up 9005.

Then on through the afternoon hour after hour till he found them at last on the three millionth flower, my friends cried.

The elephant tell me do tell are you safe? Are you sound? Are you whole? Are you well from down on the spec came the voice of the mayor we've really had trouble much more than our share when that black bottom birdie, let go and we dropped, we landed so hard that our clocks have all stopped.

Our teapots are broken.

Our rocking chair smashed and our bicycle tires all blew up when we crashed so Horton, please pleaded that voice of the Mayors will you stick by us who's while we're making repairs, of course, answered Horton, of course, I will stick I'll stick by you small folks through thin and through thick, hump, The Voice for almost two days.

You've run wild and insisted on chatting with persons who've never existed such carryings on in our Peaceable jungle.

We've had quite enough of your bellowing bungle and I'm here to State SNAP, the big kangaroo that you're silly nonsensical game is all through.

And the young kangaroo in her pouch said, me too with the help of the Wickersham brothers and dozens of Wickersham, uncles and Wickersham, cousins and Wickersham in-laws whose help I've engaged you're going to be roped and you're going to be caged and ask for your dust back ha that we shall boil in a hot, steaming kettle of Basil nut oil.

It gasped Horton, oh that you can't do it's all full of persons they'll prove it to you Mr, Mayor, Mr, Mayor, Horton called Mr Mayor.

You've got to prove now that you really are there so call a big meeting get everyone out make every who hauler make every who shout make every who scream if you don't every who is going to end up in a bezel nut, stew and down on the dust spec, the scared little mayor quick called a big meeting in Whoville, Town Square and his people cried loudly.

They cried out in fear.

We are here we are here.

We are here.

We are here, the elephant smiled, but it was clear as a bell.

You kangaroos, surely heard that very well, I heard snapped the big kangaroo was the breeze.

And the fake sound of wind, threw the farthest in trees I heard, no small voices.

And you didn't either.

And the young kangaroo in her pouch said, me, neither grab him.

They shouted and caged.

The big dope lasso, his stomach with 10 miles of rope tie the knots tight.

So he'll, never Shake loose.

Then dunk that dumb Speck in the basil nut juice, Horton fought back with great Vigor and Bim.

But the Wicker sham gang was too many for him.

They beat him.

They mauled him, they started to haul him into his cage, but he managed to call to the mayor don't give up I believe in you all 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 the mayor grabbed a TomTom.

He started to smack it and all over Whoville.

They whooped up a racket.

They rattled tin.


They beat on brass pans on garbage pail tops and old cranberry cans.

They blew on Bazookas and blasted great toots on clarinets, opas and boompas and flutes, great gusts of loud.

Racket, rang High through the air.

They rattled and shook the whole sky.

And the mayor called up through the howling mad.

Hollow blue, hey, Horton, how's.

This is our sound coming through and Horton called back I can hear you just fine, but the kangaroo's ears aren't as strong quite as mine.

They don't hear a thing are you sure all your boys are doing their best are they all making noise? Are you sure every who down in Whoville is working quick look through your town is there anyone shirking through the town Rush, the mayor from the East to the west, but everyone seemed to be doing this best.

Everyone seemed to be yapping or yipping.

Everyone seemed to be beeping or bipping, but it wasn't enough all this Ruckus and Roar.

He had to find someone to help him make more.

He raced through each building, he searched floor to floor.

And just as he felt, he was getting nowhere and almost about to give up in despair.

He suddenly burst through a door.

And that mayor discovered one shirker quite hidden away in the Fairfax Apartments Apartment 12j, a very small, very small shirker named Jojo was standing just standing and bouncing a yo-yo not making a sound, not a Yip, not a chirp and the mayor rushed inside.

And he grabbed the young twerp, and he climbed with the lad up.

The eiffelberg tower this cried.

The mayor is your Town's Darkest Hour, the time for all Whos who have blood that is red to come to the aid of their country.

He said, we've got to make noises in Greater amounts.

So open your mouth lad for every voice counts.

Thus he spoke as he climbed when they got to the top, the lad, cleared his throat.

And he shouted out yup and that Yap that one small extra Yap, put it over.

Finally at last from that, Speck on the Clover, their voices were heard.

They rang out clear and clean and the Elephant smiled.

Do you see what I mean they've proved they are persons, no matter how small and their whole world was saved by the smallest of all how true yes, how true said the big kangaroo and from now on, you know, what I'm planning to do from now on I'm going to protect them with you.

And the young kangaroo in her pouch said, me, too from Sun in the summer from rain when it's fallish I'm going to protect them, no matter how smallish thanks for watching.

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Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss Read Aloud? ›

That message: "A person's a person, no matter how small." "Exactly," say abortion foes. Of course they're not involved in the same conversation, precisely. In Horton Hears a Who, Horton discovers that there's a whole town (Whoville) full of tiny people (the Whos) on a tiny speck of dust that's come floating his way.

What is the hidden message in Horton Hears a Who? ›

That message: "A person's a person, no matter how small." "Exactly," say abortion foes. Of course they're not involved in the same conversation, precisely. In Horton Hears a Who, Horton discovers that there's a whole town (Whoville) full of tiny people (the Whos) on a tiny speck of dust that's come floating his way.

What is the famous line from Horton Hears a Who? ›

Horton : A person's a person, no matter how small. Horton : I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one hundred percent.

What grade level is Horton Hears a Who? ›

Reading to Kids Books: Horton Hears a Who. Grade Level: 3rd (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.) Synopsis: From Amazon.com: Surely among the most lovable of all Dr.

What is the moral lesson of Horton Hears a Who? ›

"A person's a person, no matter how small" is the most popular line from Horton Hears a Who! and also serves as the major moral theme that Dr. Seuss conveys to his audience.

What is the meaning of green eggs and ham? ›

by Dr. Seuss

Finally, the boy tries them and discovers that he actually does like green eggs and ham, so he thanks Sam. Moral reasoning in the story focuses on concern for relationships. The theme of the story is Don't make up your mind about something without trying it.

What is the meaning of oh the places you'll go? ›

Seuss's light-hearted children's story, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!,” a meaningful message about the importance of seizing new opportunities, keeping an open-mind, and trying new things stands out.

What is Dr. Seuss most famous quote? ›

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

What is the most famous line of all time? ›

A jury consisting of 1,500 film artists, critics, and historians selected "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn", spoken by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in the 1939 American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind, as the most memorable American movie quotation of all time.

What does Horton always say? ›

Horton endures a number of hardships but persists, often stating, "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!" Ultimately, the egg hatches, revealing an elephant-bird, a creature with a blend of Mayzie's and Horton's features.

What grade level is the Lorax by Dr Seuss? ›

Reading to Kids Books: The Lorax. Grade Level: 3rd (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)

What grade level reading is Dr Seuss? ›

Seuss's books are not all clumped into one reading level. As a matter of fact, they span all the way from Kinder to Third and even Fourth-grade reading levels!

What grade level is Q? ›

English Level Correlation Chart
Learning A-Z Text Leveling SystemGradeAges
O27 - 8
P27 - 8
Q37 - 9
R38 - 9
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Is Whoville in the Grinch the same as Horton Hears a Who? ›

Whoville (alternatively spelled Who-ville) is the central location of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" and "Horton Hears a Who!" -- The Grinch lives high above them with his dog Max on Mount Crumpit, watching them frequently. The inhabitants of this place are the Whos, very few of whom are named.

Why does the kangaroo not believe Horton? ›

Jane is a busybody and creator of the jungle's laws, who does not believe Horton the Elephant about the Whos and Whoville on the dust speck (mainly due to being under the misapprehension that anything which cannot be seen, heard or felt is nonexistent).

Are the whos from Horton the same as the Grinch? ›

He is known to be of a different species than the Whos, being stated as a What in the 2000 film. The Grinch is played by actor Jim Carrey in the 2000 production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, who would later return to voice Horton in the 2008 animated film Horton Hears a Who.

What does the phrase Sam-I-Am mean? ›

Sam I am. Sam is short of course for Samuel, which literally means “Name of God.” “I am Sam” means literally “I Am [The] Name of God.” In Judaism the Name of God (Ha-Shem) is a euphemism for God's Presence.

What are the 50 words in green eggs and ham? ›

The fifty words are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

Is the Grinch in green eggs and ham? ›

Green Eggs and Ham Has a Disturbing Link to the Grinch

However, it is made clear that he's the only Grinch around. Because of this, it's fair to question where the rest of the Grinch population went.

What does I'll all over the place mean? ›

phrase. If you say that someone is all over the place, you mean that they are confused or disorganized, and unable to think clearly or act properly. [mainly British] He was careful and diligent. I was all over the place.

What does it mean when someone says where do we go from here? ›

Given the present situation, what should we do next? For example, Unemployment's rising and numerous banks have failed; where do we go from here? This phrase originated about 1945 and is most often applied to a political, economic, social, or moral state of the country, of a business, or the like.

What does this is no place for you mean? ›

used to say that someone or something does not belong in a particular place, situation, etc. This party is no place for children.

What is Dr. Seuss most famous poem? ›

Some of the most famous poems from Dr. Seuss include The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, and Yertle the Turtle.

What words did Dr. Seuss invent that we use today? ›

Dr. Seuss's Wackiest Words That You Can Still Use Today
  • Ga-fluppted: In Hunches in Bunches, the line reads, “That mind of yours … is frightfully ga-fluppted. ...
  • Lerkim: ...
  • Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz: ...
  • Gluppity-glup: ...
  • Jertain: ...
  • Zong: ...
  • Obsk:
Mar 2, 2016

What is a funny cat in the hat quote? ›

I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” “It is fun to have fun But you have to know how.” “And this mess is so big And so deep and so tall, We cannot pick it up. There is no way at all!”

What is the best short quote of all time? ›

Short motivational quotes
  • “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” — ...
  • “Opportunities don't happen, you create them.” — ...
  • “Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.” — ...
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —
Dec 1, 2022

What is a strong woman quote? ›

A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.

What was Dr. Seuss favorite quotes? ›

  • The Lorax. “It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.” “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! “You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” “The more that you read, The more things you will know.
Jul 20, 2015

What is the moral of the story Horton hatches the egg? ›

It is a book about the transformative power of love as well as loyalty and responsibility. It is also a wish. After Horton hatches this amazing creature, the reader is told “and it should be, it should, it should be like that! Because Horton was faithful!

What is the story Horton Hears a Who about? ›

Dr. Seuss' classic book “Horton Hears a Who!,” which was published in 1954, tells the story of a compassionate elephant with sensitive hearing who saves a town of tiny people living on a speck of dust. On the surface, this whimsical story is typical of Dr. Seuss with its rhyming cadence and simplistic illustrations.

What is the shortest Dr. Seuss story? ›

Dr. Seuss' shortest book is Yellow and White Eggs with Pink Ham.

What level of reading is green eggs and ham? ›

ATOS Book Level:1.5
Interest Level:Lower Grades (LG K-3)
AR Points:0.5
Word Count:769
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Who is the old girl in The Lorax? ›

Audrey (The Lorax)

What grade do most kids read? ›

Experts say that most children learn to read by age 6 or 7, meaning first or second grade, and that some learn much earlier. However, a head start on reading doesn't guarantee a child will stay ahead as they progress through school.

What level should a 7 year old read? ›

Most seven-year-old children are reading at a level in line with their grades in school. Most seven-year-old children are in first or second grade, so those in first grade should read at a first-grade level, and those in second grade should read at a second-grade level.

What reading level is a 10 year old? ›

Elementary Level: Children ages 8 to 12, or 4th through 6th grades. These children read sentences of approximately 10 words, with the maximum number of words being 20. Most books written at this level range between 20,000 and 40,000 words.

What reading level should a 7th grader be at? ›

5th Grade: 40-50. 6th Grade: 50-60. 7th & 8th Grade: 60-80.

What reading level should a 5th grader be at? ›

On average, reading levels for a fifth-grader range between 22 to 30+ on Reading Recovery and 50 on D.R.A. levels. But that can vary from child to child. Thus, teachers should use a 1:1 approach to assess the accurate reading level.

What reading level should a 1st grader be on? ›

Entering first graders should be able to: Read 80-100 Kindergarten Sight Words (see OCPS sight word list link) Identify all uppercase and lowercase letters. Identify all letters and their sounds.

Why is the Grinch hairy? ›

Jim Carrey initially thought he was a stunt double that looked nothing like him. 15. Jim Carrey's Grinch suit is covered in yak hair, which was dyed green, and sewn onto a spandex suit, which made him look hairy.

What species is Grinch? ›

SpeciesH. viridis
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What animal is the Grinch? ›

The Grinch is depicted as a green, furry, Pot-bellied, pear-shaped, snub-nosed humanoid creature with a cat-like face and cynical personality. In full-color adaptations, he is typically colored yellow green.

What is Horton the Elephant motto? ›

Horton's motto. A person's a person, no matter how small.

What kind of elephant is Horton? ›

Horton estimates his own weight at "a ton" (36). If he's right, then he's actually kind of a smallish. African elephants are reportedly as heavy as 14,000 pounds—that's seven tons.

Why was mother Kangaroo worried? ›

Mother Kangaroo was finding her baby, young Joey, a real handful. Whenever her back was turned, he would go hopping away to explore. She was afraid that one day she would lose him.

Why is the Grinch the only green who? ›

Rumor has it that Jones was inspired to give the Grinch his iconic coloring after he rented a car that was painted an ugly shade of green.

Who adopted the Grinch? ›

His past. The Grinch arrived in Whoville by mistake when he was a baby and was adopted by two elderly sisters. Although he showed some sadistic tendencies as a child, the Grinch was raised in a nice childhood by the sisters.

Where is Whoville located in real life? ›

EASTHAMPTON – According to wiki.answers.com, the town of Whoville in the classic Dr. Seuss tale "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is based on Easthampton and Mt. Crumpit based on Mount Tom, which straddles the city and Holyoke.

What is the yellow character from Horton Hears a Ho? ›

Katie is an abnormal yellow yak. She continuously opens here mouth revealing sharp teeth. She often does strange things including making sounds, walking backwards, sitting backwards and saying oquried things.

Who is the weird yellow character in Horton Hears a Who? ›

Katie is known throughout the movie "Horton Hears A Who," as the weird, annoying little fluff ball of joy. Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: She is a small yellow and orange baby yak.

How did the book Cat in the Hat come about? ›

Theodor Geisel, writing as Dr. Seuss, created The Cat in the Hat partly in response to the May 24, 1954, Life magazine article by John Hersey titled "Why Do Students Bog Down on First R? A Local Committee Sheds Light on a National Problem: Reading".

Who is the purple kangaroo in Horton Hears a Hoo? ›

Sour Kangaroo, aka Jane Kangaroo, is the former main antagonist of Horton Hears a Who. She is a busybody and creator of the jungle's laws who is skeptical about the existence of the Whos and Whoville on a dust speck (due to being under the pretense that anything which cannot be seen, heard or felt is nonexistent).

Who is the rainbow girl in Horton Hears a Who? ›

Horton Hears a Who! (2008) - Joey King as Katie - IMDb.

Who is the emo son in Horton Hears a Hoo? ›

JoJo McDodd is Ned and Sally's only son and tritagonist of Horton Hears a Who!. As the oldest child, he's next in line for being the Mayor of Whoville. He is voiced by Jesse McCartney.

What is the personality of Horton the Elephant? ›

Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious.

Who is the cute character off of Horton Hears a Who? ›

Katie from Horton hears a who.

Who are all the characters in Horton Hears a Who? ›

What is the moral lesson of The Cat in the Hat? ›

This classic Dr. Seuss story can open up discussions about trust, responsibility, social expectations, and honesty.

What do Thing 1 and Thing 2 represent? ›

Isn't there a little Thing One and Thing Two inside us all? These crazy guys represent all that restless energy we have to suppress so we don't get in trouble. They are pure mayhem with no sense of boundaries, law, or consequences. They clean no messes and respect no authority.

Is the Grinch a man or woman? ›

The Grinch
SpouseMartha May Whovier (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
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What gender is Max from the Grinch? ›

We have long known that dogs are the best of friends. And in Dr. Seuss' classic story, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, it was always Max, the canine sidekick, that we were in love with. Not only has Max always been the best of boys, but he can be sassy when needed and helpful at other times.

Why is the Grinch green and hairy? ›

Jim Carrey initially thought he was a stunt double that looked nothing like him. 15. Jim Carrey's Grinch suit is covered in yak hair, which was dyed green, and sewn onto a spandex suit, which made him look hairy.

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