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Horton Hears a Who

This animal story, drama book by Dr. Seuss is published by Random House Children's Books and is written for kids ages 4 to 8. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Plot Summary

Horton, an elephant, hears the small voice of a Who coming from a speck of dust. Although no one else hears the voice, Horton vows to protect the small community. Other creatures try to destroy the dust speck until they eventually hear the residents of Who-ville, too.

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Authority Roles

Authors treat parental role with support and respect.

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Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

  • Protecting life no matter how small the person or intense the opposition.

Notes: Dr. Seuss was a winner of a 1984 Pulitzer Prize and author/illustrator of 44 children’s books that continue to be bestsellers, even after his death.

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