HORTON HATCHES THE EGG

“…I meant what I said
And I said what I meant….
An elephant’s faithful
One hundred per cent!”“My goodness! My gracious!”
they shouted. “MY WORD!
It’s something brand new!
IT’S AN ELEPHANT-BIRD!!”

“And it should be, it
should be, it SHOULD
be like that! Because
Horton was faithful!
He sat and he sat!”

This delightful story is about a lovable elephant named Horton, who is convinced by an irresponsible bird named Mayzie to sit on her egg while she takes a short “break”, which proves to last for months. Naturally, the absurd sight of an elephant sitting atop a tree makes quite a scene. Horton is laughed at by his jungle friends, exposed to the elements, captured by hunters, forced to endure a terrible sea voyage, and finally placed in a traveling circus. When the egg hatches, the creature that emerges is a cross between Horton and Mayzie, and Horton and the baby are returned to the jungle.

Original Dr.Seuss Draft

Maysie: I’m tired and I’m bored
and I’ve kinks in my leg
from sitting, just sitting here day after day.
It’s work, how I hate it.
I’d much rather play.
If I could find someone, I’d fly away


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