Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote this amazing children’s book, Horton Hears a Who, under the name Dr. Seuss. Published in 1954, this book is a must-read book for every kid. It is one of the most beloved and most popular books of Dr. Seuss.
Summary of Horton Hears a Who
This book tells a story about Horton, the elephant who is no normal elephant. This elephant embraces adventures and tries to save evil creatures.
At the beginning of the story, Horton was spending his normal day; out of a sudden, he heard something that was talking to him. The elephant realizes that the voice he was listening to was coming from some speck of dust. Within the next moment, he felt that there was a little creature inside that speck. After this, he gets to know that a speck of dust is actually a complete tiny planet inside it.
When he realizes this, the elephant speaks to the Mayor and agrees to protect this planet without causing any harm. You might have heard that the bigger the animal is, the bigger his heart is; this suits well to the Horton. This kind-hearted elephant lives in the Jungle of Nool and is always passionate about helping others.
He went on an adventure, where he tried his best to save Whoville from all other creatures. The problem was that the other animals in the Jungle couldn’t hear any voice, so they considered Horton as a cuckoo. All the animals continuously mock him and make fun of him.
While defending his tiny friends, Horton says that a person remains a person, no matter how small he is. This line of the elephant has a huge lesson for everyone if someone understands.
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Amazing Facts About Horton Hears a Who
Here are some of the facts about this incredible book that will surely make you a shock!
- During World War II, Dr. Seuss worked for different newspapers; he drew almost 400 various political cartoons. Among these all cartoons, there were racist portrayals of Japanese people with pig noses, slant eyes, and coke-bottle glasses. Readers complained a lot about these depictions, but Dr. Seuss wonderfully answered them. This makes Dr. Seuss’ political cartoons very famous.
- Seuss visited Japan in 1953; he went there to do research about an article for Life Magazine. In his article, he wanted to write about war and post-war effects on Japanese children. With the help of a University dean, Seuss went to different schools all over Japan. In schools, he asked children to draw on paper what they wanted to become in the future. From the kid’s drawings, he made a deep impression and then returned to America. As he came back, he started working on the book Horton Hears a Who! This book completely reflects the thoughts of Seuss and what he thinks about the Japanese after visiting them.
Another amazing fact about his books
- Another amazing fact about this book is that it references World War II. Moreover, the language used in it is also somehow similar to World War II propaganda.
- While writing this book, Seuss was completely involved with Japanese people; there was no elephant concept. Until one day, Seuss was writing, he took a small break from work and went for a quick walk. At that time, the studio’s window was open. As he came back, he saw that two pieces of paper were on top of each other. The drawings on both these pictures show like an elephant is sitting on the tree. Within a moment, Seuss’s creativity arises, and that was the time when Horton was born.
- Seuss planned to add an elephant character in his book but deciding the name was challenging. He thought to consider Bosco, Osmer, and Humphery and then finally decided on Horton. From where did Horton come? Horton was the name of Seuss’ friend in his college.
- Seuss went in the Random Houses of New York and loudly read this book to his editors. Fortunately, he received much enthusiastic applause from people.