Horton Hears a Who!

Analysing the book

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These exercises will help you to get a deeper understanding of the book.

Read the book, and then answer the questions that follow either in your book or together with your class.

First responses

  • If you had to choose one word to describe how you feel about the story, what would it be?
  • Make a list of adjectives that describe Horton.
  • Make a list of adjectives that describe the Whos.
  • What do you think of The Wickersham Brothers, Vlad Vlad-i-koff and the Sour Kangaroo?

Explore narrative features

  • What are some of the unexpected things that happen to Horton?
  • How does he respond?

Stories involve a beginning where we are introduced to important elements of the story.

  • Describe the beginning of Horton Hears a Who! What important things do we learn in the first few lines?
  • What is the message of this book? Explain.

Without Horton, the Whos would be in serious trouble.

  • Is this a serious book? Explain with examples.

Dr Seuss

Find some other books by Dr Seuss in the school or local library.

  • Does he have a recognisable style?
  • Are there elements that all of his books share? (Consider drawing style as well as rhythm, rhyme and nonsense words.)
  • Create your own Dr Seuss-inspired character. Describe the character in words and draw its picture.

A fresh look at our world

For this exercise you need a magnifying glasses. It's time to explore the world 'up close'!

Take the magnifying glass and look around, either inside your classroom or outside in the playground.

  • What did you discover that they haven’t seen or noticed before?
  • What familiar things look quite different from up close?

If you have a microscope or a telescope, you could also look at things very close and far away...

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You have completed this module. Now it's time to watch the film...

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