Horton Hears a Who! (1 Cassette with Book)

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Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman's masterful narration brings to life the heartwarming tale of Horton the elephant. Original music and sound effects complement the retelling. An exclusive paperback edition of the book is packaged with the audio cassette. Cassette running time: approx. 20 min.
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Overview

Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman's masterful narration brings to life the heartwarming tale of Horton the elephant. Original music and sound effects complement the retelling. An exclusive paperback edition of the book is packaged with the audio cassette. Cassette running time: approx. 20 min.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679800033
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/10/1990
  • Series: Dr. Seuss Book and Cassette Classics Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Book & 1 Cassette
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.11 (w) x 13.56 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904.  After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising.  His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!,  appeared in several leading American magazines.

Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children's literature was changed forever!

In 1957, Seuss's The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House's best- selling series, Beginner Books.  This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills.

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents.  In the process, he helped kids learn to read.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages.  Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.  

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Children's Classic

    I bought this book to read to my 3 year old daughter. It quickly became THE book we have to read every night before she goes to bed. She loves the rhymes, and enjoys trying to read the pages out loud with me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2009

    Son LOVES it!

    My son first saw the Movie and I wasn't sure if he would enjoy the book as much. He will be three years old soon and LOVES this book! It's one of his favorites and he asks us to read it over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    A Thought Provoking Work

    "Horton Hears a Who" is a classic with which most of us are familiar but is worth a second-read, a third-read, and a first-read to a new generation. The story challenges us to defend the weak, not merely when it is convenient, but at real personal cost to ourselves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    Great Book

    This is an awesome Book to have in one's own library.

    Everyone should own Seuss works, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark, The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez, and works by Alison Townsend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    my favorite book

    the book overall puts children into this storybook.
    meaning of the DR. who created a wonderful book and has the meaning of a person's a person know matter how small.

    i rate this book highly, please buy or read to others than yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Hi

    I love the movie!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    I SO LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE MOVIE.,.....

    I SO LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE MOVIE.,.....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Another Dr. Seuss classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    love to read it over and over

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    No Matter How Small

    A book that emphasizes the importance and worth of eah one of us, no matter who we are, no matter how small. One of Dr. Seuss' best classics. Cherish this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Little people count too

    This shows how Horton, a kind elephant, goes way out of his way to save a 'world' of microscopic people. This shows a child that everyone counts no matter how big or small they may be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Horton Hears a Who

    A classic for young and old alike. A person is a person, no matter how small. Great message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Horton Hears a Who

    This book makes us all value the importance of everyone, no matter how small. Horton epitomizes what we all want in a friend..caring and loyalty. Thumbs up for Horton and the Whos. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    Best Seuss book ever

    Horton just explodes at the idea of finding new friends he can't even see. He is persistant at helping to perserve the life on a silly little puff of cotten. A true tribute to the fact that all life is truly precious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    Horton

    Wow oh my gosh this book is the Bomb. I'm having my birthday on Horton Hears A Who because it is so good.I can't wait until the movie comes out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    Heartwarming!!

    A kind elephant tries to save those on a piece of 'lint' and then looses it in a patch of lint-looking flowers. A story of loyalty, devotion, love and friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    I love this book!

    I teach 5th grade and even my 5th graders love reading this book. I am ordering a copy for my child. This book has some wonderful lessons written in a way only Dr. Seuss can. It's also a great read aloud book.

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