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Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the Egg

  

by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hatches the Egg Lines 1-9 Summary

Egg-Sitter Needed, Apply Within

  • The scene: a jungle.
  • Meet Mayzie, the bird. She's bored and she's lazy. She's up in a tree, in her nest, sitting on her egg.
  • Think sitting on an egg all day and night waiting for it to hatch is easy? Well, according to Mayzie, it just isn't.
  • She's got "kinks in [her] leg" (3) for one thing. 
  • This whole egg hatching business is pure "work" (5). What she wants is that other thing—"play" (6).
  • She needs is a good egg-sitter, so she can take a little vacation and have some fun. Anthropomorphism Alert!

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