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Horton Hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who!


by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hears a Who! Theme of Perseverance

Here's the thing about Horton in Horton Hears a Who: he may not be the smartest or the biggest or even the cutest elephant, but he certainly isn't a quitter. Indeed, Horton faces down his fellow jungle-dwellers even when they make fun of him for being totally nuts and tell him that he is just too silly for talking to a speck of dust. And when they start sabotaging his well-intentioned plan to protect his friends, well, he definitely doesn't let them have the final say.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q:Why doesn't Horton just give up after the other animals keep punking him?
A: This big guy isn't a quitter. We could all learn a lesson from Horton: don't let the bullies decide who's boss.

Q: Don't Horton's feet hurt after all that traveling?
A: Elephants have big, strong feet, don't worry. After all, they have to support a ton of weight—literally.

Q: Who would actually count three million clovers?
A: If you had a friend in trouble, wouldn't you?

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