Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the Egg

by Dr. Seuss


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800776
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/28/1940
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 54,008
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have had a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into forty-five languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes three Caldecott Honors, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. To learn more about Dr. Seuss—and for fun games and activities—visit Seussville.com!

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Horton Hatches the Egg 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
sirhc4250 More than 1 year ago
“Horton hatches the egg” is a short children’s story by Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), aka. Theodore Seuss Geisel, a famous writer who is widely known for his cartoon children’s books, many of which have been made into cartoons or movies. Dr. Seuss’ story is set in an undisclosed part of the African jungle and based off of the visual illustrations the time frame is in the early 1900’s. The major goal of the story is to take an over the top, humorous scenario and teach a lesson to children. A lesson that being trustworthy to people even when they are not honest with you and having perseverance especially when things get hard will pay off in the end. Absurd concepts, like of an elephant nurturing an egg in a tree for a bird is completely ridiculous, are one of the ways that Dr. Seuss usually keeps the attention of his audience, short attention spanned children, and “Horton hatches the egg” is no exception. The story starts by introducing the lazy bird Mayzie, who is tired of tending her egg. She, by use of sly words and guilt, gets the trusting and a slightly gullible elephant, Horton, to sit on her egg in the nest in her tree by telling him she’ll be back quick and just needs a short break. Horton’s loyalty to the egg and his promise to not abandon it are put to the test when he is run through many trials. One thing that makes this book so relatable is that Horton’s trials are easily compared to everyday life, with harsh weather like rain, sleet and bitter cold, peer pressure that every child will undergo and imminent danger that is becoming more common as the years pass by. In spite of being dragged to a different continent and sold into slavery for the amusement of others, Horton the elephant “…meant what he said and said what he meant, an elephant is faithful one hundred percent.” (Seuss, 1940) Even when confronted by Mayzie in the end of the book he kept up his end of the bargain and humbly gave the egg back right before it hatched, only to be rewarded with the most wonderful reward an elephant could get (which you’ll have to read to find out what it is). SPOILER ALERT! The reward is that an elephant bird that looks like Horton emerges from the egg instead of a normal bird that looks like Mayzie. Dr. Seuss’, “Horton Hatches an Egg” is a must read, especially if you have children, and even if you don’t. His clever rhyming is schemes and use of words will keep your child’s mind active. The story plot although a little outrageous gives parents a good stepping stone to talk to their kids about being trustworthy, faithful and hard working, as well as some of the difficulties that they may face throughout their life and how to deal with them. I have added this book to my child’s repertoire of books for its easy read, fun illustrations and the timeless lessons held within. I highly recommend this book too people of all ages. References: Seuss, D. (1940). Horton hatches the egg. New York, NY: Random House.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and when I read it,it made me laugh.I think you should read it too.It was funny to think an elephant could hatch an egg.I enjoyed this book and I hope you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is sooo cute!!! It's the story of a good natured kind elephant who helps a selfish bird...the end is the best though, read it for yourself!!!
lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great for younger readers. Dr Sues makes it fun for everyone with the fun pictures and poetry
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mother bird deserts her nest, so Horton stays faithful and sits on the egg. Once it hatches, mother bird wants it back, but out of the egg comes and elephant-bird. Read with FLAP YOUR WINGS.
Kace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt my favorite Dr. Suess. I remember having it read to me, then reading it myself, and now sitting down with my children to share it with them. Horton's good people ;)
wendyfincher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children will love this book. It has lots of rhymes and is a very funny story. A elephant named Horton gets talked into setting on an egg by a lazy bird. She convinced him that she needed a break. Horton did not know she was going to abandon the egg. Horton sits for a very long time and faces many hardships and fears. But he never breaks his promise and was faithful one hundred percent. Everyone was surprised when the egg hatched and it was an elephant-bird. Horton goes home happy one hundred percent.
alprince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about Horton, an elephant, who is asked to sit on an egg while the momma bird goes away for a short time. Horton, being a good friend, sits on the egg and the bird never shows back up, so Horton just keeps sitting. Horton made a promise to the momma bird that he would sit on her egg and so he will not let her down. About the time the egg begins to hatch, the momma bird returns to claim the egg and Horton will not let her have it. The little baby that comes out of the egg looks like Horton. This is a good book for children who need to make friends or feel like they do not fit in.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
“An Elephant’s Faithful One Hundred Percent” Dr. Seuss created a few very memorable characters over the course of his many picture books, and Horton the elephant is certainly one of them. He made his first appearance in Horton Hatches the Egg. I loved this book as a kid, and I find it holds up just as well now. One day Horton stumbles upon Mayzie, a bird trying to hatch an egg. Mayzie is ready for a vacation, so Horton agrees to keep her egg warm. However, Mayzie has no intention of coming back, but instead enjoy a permanent trip to sunnier realms. Will Horton stay on the egg? What will he face while he does? It’s always nice to find a childhood favorite that stands the test of time, and this book does that splendidly. Yes, as an adult, I did have to question just how long it took Horton to hatch the egg, but it just makes for a better story. None of the complications last very long, this is a picture book after all, but there is some fun and imagination at work in the story. Horton is a great characters, and it’s easy to like him. Plus we get a great moral about sticking to your word, something that comes about naturally from the story. Dr. Seuss was a marvelous illustrator as well. This book is filled with his pen and ink illustrations. Most have minimal color, but they are still great to look at. They really capture the humor in an elephant sitting in a tree on a nest and a few of the other things that happen along the way. And the pictures at the climax really sell the story. And this story is told in classic Seuss rhyme. The cadence is perfect for reading aloud, and the amount of words on a page isn’t overwhelming. It should keep those with short attention spans entertained. While this book isn’t usually classified as one of Seuss’s easy reader books, I’d argue it could be. It’s not quite as simple as Green Eggs and Ham, but most of the words are easy enough. This might not be a good book for very beginning readers, but I think a young reader who is ready for something slightly more challenging will do great at this book with an adult to help them read the very few harder words. And so I recommend Horton Hatches the Egg. It’s just as much fun now as it was when I read it as a child and when Dr. Seuss first wrote it 75 years ago.
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empeegee More than 1 year ago
I read this to my son when he was three years old and explained to him that the egg became an elephant-bird because Horton took care of the egg and became the egg's daddy. I explained that human's often did the same thing with human babies. He looked at me and said "We should do that." We thought about it and agreed that we should find a baby who needed to be taken care of. Horton made our family complete. I've always thought Horton Hatches the Egg was more an argument for adoption than anything else.
SammersAZ More than 1 year ago
Not only is this a fun story with wonderful rhymes, but it also teaches some great lessons to little ones. Lessons like being faithful and keeping your word, being kind and not making fun of friends, and my favorite - hard work will be worth it in the end. Horton Hatches the Egg is one of my favorite classic Dr Seuss books, and now my little girl is falling in love with it too. After a holiday visit with family, and reading this with her cousins, my toddler asked for her own copy which I was happy to make happen. Now it is part of our night time/ bed time ritual... I forgot how useful rhyming and rhythmic stories are for getting the little one to sleep at night. this is definitely a keeper and a book that every parent should have in their library.
Yossif More than 1 year ago
Since I was a younger I have always been a fan on Dr.Seuss's books and I enjoyed being read to. Although there isn't a universal moral to this story, it does have a theme and great ideas. Children love the goofy pictures and silly rhymes . Overall, this book is a keeper and worthy of passing down from generation to generation. I definitely recommend it for elementary readers, teacher, and parents.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had the best memories of my dad reciting this to us kids, and I plan to do the same for my own. It is a wonderful book that all kids should hear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this story, because it makes the most unlikliest person very responsible. Mayzie, the lazy bird is cold hearted from beginning to end, and in the end Horton really hears a who from the hatchling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book clearly deserves more than five stars! Horton Hatches the Egg is one of my very favorite children's books. The story opens with Mayzie, a lazy bird, sitting on her nest hatching an egg. She's terribly bored and tired and wants a break. She persuades Horton, the elephant, to take over for her. This is a good choice on her part because, 'An elephant's faithful -- one hundred percent!' So Horton props up the tree so it can take his weight, climbs up onto the nest, and ever so gently . . . sits on the egg. Mayzie decides a little vacation in Palm Beach will be in order. Once there, she says . . . 'why bother?' and abandons her egg. What Horton didn't know is that this egg needed 51 more weeks of hatching! But, never mind. 'He said what he meant and he meant what he said.' He sat on that egg, no matter what. Through a long series of misadventures, Mayzie and Horton are reunited just as the egg hatches. Mayzie wants her egg back, and Horton doesn't agree. Then the big surprise happens and Horton gets his reward! Teaching children patience and persistence . . . well, that takes a lot of patience and persistence. Horton Hatches the Egg is a way to provide a small fictional example when setbacks and delays occur. My youngsters didn't understand Thomas Edison's comment about genius being 99 percent perspiration until they were well past their Dr. Seuss days. I like to think that their hard-working adult selves (for the three who are adults) were formed in part by Horton's example in this book. This book contains many valuable lessons to encourage such as: keeping your word; being honest; looking out for those in need; sticking through to the end; facing your fears; and many others. It's a remarkable thing to realize also how well the ridiculous image of an unhappy elephant sitting on a nest is a bare tree can create all of those good notions. Way to go, Dr. Seuss! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
This one doesn't share the same kind of flair that came with Horton Hears a Who!