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has an elephant and some creatures
living on a speck of dust
riding on an aimless gust...
...of air that floats across the way
on the fifteenth day of May
when Horton's giant, floppy ear
hears their tiny cries of fear.
The elephant tries to keep them safe
and takes them to another place
upon a soft and tiny flower.
But challenges come that very hour.
The tiny creatures called the Whos
can't be heard by kangaroos,
monkeys or the ugly birds.
Only Horton hears their words.
The monkeys, birds, and kangaroos
tease Horton about the tiny Whos
and try to tie him down with rope
though he is the Whos' last hope.
But Whos don't just stand idly by
and watch their friend bound and tied.
They scream, holler, and raise a noise
until the others hear their voice.
This book is such a lovely choice
to teach us how to raise our voice
on things we care for and that matter
in a world of idle chatter...
...and like Horton how to stick to
all that you know to be true
no matter what the loudmouths say.
They're probably wrong anyway.