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Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the Egg

by Dr. Seuss
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Horton Hatches the Egg Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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Quote #1

"If I could find someone to stay on my nest!If I could find someone, I'd fly away—free…" (8-9)


Do real hatching birds ever feel this way? Since we haven't figured out how to communicate with them about such matters, it's hard to say. Ask us again in a decade.

Quote #2

"I wish she'd come back'Cause I'm cold and I'm wet.I hope that that Mayzie bird doesn't forget." (54-56)


Babysitters like to get paid. And Horton is nothing if not a baby-sitter. But shrewd as she is, Mayzie gets Horton to take the job for nothing. She gets her freedom free of cost.

Quote #3

So poor Horton sat thereThe whole winter through…And then came the springtimeWith troubles anew! (72-75)


We all know how it feels to be stuck somewhere (school, work, home) when we want to roam free. It's even worse when you have other people taunting you and flaunting their freedom in your face. Boo on Horton's friends.

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