“…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!

“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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