“Sara W said: 5 Stars + heart
I've read a lot of Dr. Suess books in my life, between my own childhood and raising three boys. However, this was the first time I have ever read Horton Hears a Who. It has become my favorite of all his books. In his usual absurd rhymes, Dr. Suess tells the story of an elephant who hears a soft voice. He finally discovers the source of that voice is coming from atop a dust mote and vows to protect the small life. The other jungle animals think that Horton is crazy and try to bully him into being rid of it. Horton, however, is determined to do everything he can to keep the owner of that voice safe.
One of the things I love about Dr. Suess is that there is often more to the story than appears. Yes it is a cute story about an elephant, but it is also a story about bullying, and there is yet another story about how important it is to make yourself heard. Maybe I have been watching a little too much CNN and reading a few two many political news journals, but what really struck me about the story was how it took every last voice of every single Who, even the very smallest, until their cries were heard. I see that as anagolous to how important, in this election year, it is to be heard. For all of us to be heard. That last little voice created change. If you combine hundreds and thousands and millions of voices, you will create a roar and that roar can create change. It's a reminder that by understanding the importance of your own voice, by speaking up that you can be the change, you can create the world in which you want to live. So yes, read this book for your kids, but read it for yourself too.