Some Dr. Seuss characters are seen from once and are never heard from again. Others, however, make their mark in his mind and therefore in his books and come back to delight children again and again. In this case the character that has delighted children for years is Horton. Most children know that Horton the Elephant saved a tiny village that rested on speck, but do they know about Horton Hatches the Egg?
Horton Hatches the Egg is a wonderful book about Dr. Seuss that shows children that time, persistence, and patience pays off in the end. It starts with a lazy mother bird named Mayzie, who decides that sitting on her egg and waiting for it to hatch is not the most exciting thing in the world. As a result, she convinces Horton to sit on her egg and decides to abandon it since she’s having so much fun without it
Horton stays on the egg, even though it needs quite a long time before the baby will hatch. Of all of the many childrens books that have come and gone, Horton Hatches the Egg is one of the best books for teaching children that having patience is truly a virtue, and that it can lead to great rewards in the end, as Horton discovers when the egg finally hatches. It also shows children that keeping your word is extremely important, even if you’re keeping it to a lazy, no-good bird who wants you to egg sit.