This book is perhaps my favourite Dr. Seuss book! The lesson is repeated over and over “A person's a person no matter how small!"
Some of the children had seen the movie for this book and so they were very familiar with the story. They already knew which parts they did not like and best of all they knew that Horton would save Whoville!
While splashing in a pool Horton, the elephant, hears a tiny yelp for help! He is not sure where it came from but because he is a kind and gentle soul he ensures that he finds the source. He soon discovers that the voice is coming from a tiny speck of dust. On top the speck of dust in a village called Whoville. The mayor of Whoville speaks to Horton asking him to protect the tiny village. Horton happily agrees! Unfortunately, protecting Whoville will not be an easy task as all the animals in the jungle seem to think that Horton is crazy! The sour Kangaroo and her baby, the Wickersham brothers (three monkeys) and Vlad Vladikoff the vulture make Horton's job of protecting Whoville a very difficult one.
Eventually the animals decide that Horton is crazy and they should lock Horton away and throw the clover in boiling Beezelnut oil. Horton pleads with the Mayor of Whoville to let their voices be heard. The entire village makes noise hoping to be heard by the other animals but no luck! Finally the Mayor makes a check and discovers that one young Who is not making a contribution to the noise. The Mayor demands that he make his contribution and his tiny YOPP makes all the difference! The other animals hear the Whos and decide to join Horton in protecting Whoville.
The children seemed fascinated by the idea of a tiny village that could exist on something as small as a speck of dust and they clearly heard the message of "A person's a person no matter how small!”
After story time we did our usual Learning is Fun exercise and then on to Crafty Me! I was very proud of the older girls today. The craft was a little tedious for them as they had to build their message from printed letters. It took them a little while but they did it and they were proud! Take a look!
Tomorrow is the last day and I can't wait to put together the Christmas with Dr. Seuss books and let the children enjoy a well-deserved treat!