Horton Hatches the Egg
Story/ Pictures – Dr Seuss
HarperCollins Children’s Books
It was our favourite Dr Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, and what better way to celebrate it than reading out his classics – each single one of them is a gem, and picking out one favourite is quite a task. We thought we will review one of the all-time favorites ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’ for reading aloud, as March 4th happens to be the International Read Aloud Day. Two great occasions – one great cause! Let’s read aloud – be happy, and make others happy!!
Horton is a very sweet, honest and faithful elephant, who keeps his word of looking after Mayzie the bird’s egg for her, while she can fly away for a rest. Only Mayzie is not really honest, and leaves poor Horton perched up on a tree in her nest, hatching her egg for months, while poor Horton is braving the weathers, the teasing by other animals and the hunters. He still does not leave his post on the tree in the nest when he is transported across the sea and sold to a circus – tree and nest and perch and all. What becomes of Horton and the Egg and Mayzie is truly amazing, and is sure to bring smiles to the faces of everyone reading or listening to the story.
A Dr Seuss story never fails to enthral – and is a great way of giving wings to the imagination of children. The rhythm and the poetry in the story tuck them well into the world of make-believe, and they will be gaping in anticipation to imagine what happened next. The illustrations do the full justice to the story – after all, illustrating your own story does make the pictures much more convincing!
The book is also a great pick to tell the children of tender age about keeping their word, perseverance and being faithful and how honesty and hard work do get rewarded. And when it is in such a fun way that they keep on laughing – it sure is going to hit home. Do read it aloud with your kids, even if they can read by themselves. In fact, make it a family thing – there is something magical about a family that reads together.
Do check out the pictures of the event we had here.
This review also appears on Indian Moms Connect, where we partner with them to recommend books for children every month.