Traditional Thursday: Horton Hears A Who!


Traditional Thursday is perfectly encapsulated in the classic written by, the one and only, Dr. Seuss. Horton Hears A Who is the story an elephant who never loses hope and saves a town because of it. Horton is a an elephant living in the Jungle of Nool who comes across a noise as he is going about his day. He soon realizes that the noise is coming from a small speck of dust that has floated right past his face. Horton decides that it is his duty to protect the individuals that live on that dust speck, and this is reinforced when he finds out that there is a whole town situated on this small speck of dust. Horton’s large ears enable him to hear the voices, but no one else in the jungle can hear the people of Who-ville. The situation seems unlikely and Horton is ridiculed for his belief of Who-ville, to the point that other animals believe he has gone crazy and should be caged up. In order to prove to the other animals that Who-ville exists, Horton tells the Mayor that everyone must tell make the most noise. The Who’s are finally able to prove that they exist by getting the smallest of Who’s to take part in the noise. Reinforcing the idea that “a person’s a person, no matter how small”.


Horton Hears A Who is a great example of the importance of believing in yourself. In a classroom setting, a teacher could use this in order to prove the fact that you should never lose faith in yourself no matter what people say. Also this could be used to prove that students should respect other student’s belief and also that appearance isn’t all that defines a person. The rhyming with the book really captivates the reader and especially when it is read by a teacher, it makes the book flow more. The illustrations are so simple that they let the words speak for them self and reveals the genius that is Dr. Seuss. This classic has a moral that can be taught to any child and a playful storyline that draws in any audience. A book that will never lose its magic and will keep children turning the pages year after year.

Melissa Hunt


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