Horton Hatches the Egg


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Random House 1940
Character-Building Curriculum

"I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one hundred percent."

Lazy Mayzie the bird has an egg in her nest and all she wants to do is fly south for a fabulous vacation. She talks Horton the Elephant into sitting on the nest for her until she comes back. Horton waits. And waits. And waits. Horton has the patience of a Saint and he faithfully sits on the nest at the top of the tree and puts up with all the other animals who decide to make fun of him and give him a hard time.

Will Horton be rewarded? Will the mother bird ever return? Week after week after week Horton sits on the nest. Eventually a creature emerges .... should this little elephant bird belong to Horton ...or to Mayzie?

64 pages      978-0394800776      Ages 4-8

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

******* "Generations of children have fallen in love with Horton the elephant! 

“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. . . . An elephant’s faithful, one hundred per cent!”

Horton is kind and trustworthy, but unfortunately, the lazy bird Mayzie takes advantage of his good nature when she leaves Horton to watch her unhatched egg. Told with Dr. Seuss’s signature rhymes and trademark illustrations, this is a tale that will be enjoyed over and over, by reader and listener alike. And don’t miss another delightful tale about this beloved pachyderm: Horton Hears a Who!"--from the publisher


"Everyone laughs when Horton the Elephant offers to sit on Mayzie bird's egg while she goes on holiday. Horton's kindness and faithfulness are sorely tested when he, and the egg, are kidnapped and sold to a circus - but his reward for being faithful is more wonderful than he could ever have dreamed!

With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr Suess has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic 'Cat in the Hat', and ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Dr. Seuss is a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide."--from the publisher

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