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Horton Hears a Who! - Dr. Seuss

March 1, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A person's a person, no matter how small ...

Horton Hears a Who makes a great transition from print to digital, with bright beautiful pictures from the beloved Dr. Seuss. This book, recently made into a movie in 2008, is one of my favorites. I particularly like the fact that Dr. Seuss wrote this book as part of a life-long effort to remind us all, that despite differences, we should make an effort to understand each other.

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. Although each page is essentially a still image, many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each segment of text, a nice semi-animated style.

These ebook versions of Dr. Seuss have no real animation, although most of the items pictured in the story react to a light tap with a visual image of the word with accompanying audio (for example, tap on a Who and the word "Who" appears with audio saying “Who”). This title also has great audio sound effects, particularly during the final scenes of all the Who's trying to make enough noise to be heard - the clamor and ruckus is true to its name.

This title emphasizes the need to protect our different ways of life, making it a nice way to teach our children this value from a young age. Because, "a person's a person, no matter how small" and just like the Who's, we are all "people, regardless of race, creed or size!" It's a wonderful book to encourage tolerance and appreciation for differences. Plus it has fantastical illustrations of Whoville - a miniture world that only Dr. Seuss could detail with such whimsy. A wonderful addition to any app book library - particularly for Seuss fans!

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Horton Hears a Who! - Dr. Seuss

March 1, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Dr. Seuss

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
20 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

English •

Length (pages):
78 Pages


Story Synopsis - Horton Hears a Who! - Dr. Seuss

Horton Hears a Who is a 1954 children's book by Dr. Seuss.  It is the second Seuss book to feature Horton the Elephant, the first being Horton Hatches the Egg. The Whos would later make a reappearance in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! [Source: Wikipedia]

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The book tells the story of Horton the Elephant who, in the afternoon of May 15 while splashing in a pool located in the Jungle of Nool, hears a small speck of dust talking to him. It turns out the speck of dust is actually a tiny planet, home to a city called Who-ville, inhabited by microscopic-sized inhabitants known as Whos and led by a character known as the Mayor.

The Mayor asks Horton (who, though he cannot see them, is able to hear them quite well, because of his large ears) to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to do, proclaiming throughout the book that "even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small."

In doing so he is ridiculed and forced into a cage by the other animals in the jungle for believing in something that they are unable to see or hear. His chief tormentors are Vlad Vladikoff, the Wickersham Brothers and the Sour Kangaroo. Horton tells the Whos that, lest they end up being boiled in "Beezelnut Oil", they need to make themselves heard to the other animals.

The Whos finally accomplish this by ensuring that all members of their society play their part. In the end it is a "very small shirker named JoJo" whose final addition to the volume creates enough lift for the jungle to hear the sound, thus reinforcing the moral of the story: "a person’s a person, no matter how small." Now convinced of the Whos’ existence, Horton’s neighbors vow to help him protect the tiny community. [Source: Wikipedia]



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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal


Autoplay, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, News on/off, Sound Effects on/off

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Size: 19.99 MB

Version: 1.08

Lite Version Available: No



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