Listening to Bugs

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small…” Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’ story Horton Hears a Who has always intrigued me, particularly as an adult. Horton is an elephant who hears a voice calling out to him from a speck of dust. He gradually realizes this tiny speck is actually a colony of ‘Whos’ crying out for help to protect their home-planet. With his huge ears, Horton is the only one in the jungle able to hear them. When he tells a kangaroo and some monkeys about what he’s heard, they mock him and try to sabotage his efforts to protect Whoville. To convince his friends, Horton pleads with the tiny community to raise their voices. Though they make their best efforts, their shouting simply isn’t loud enough. When JoJo, the last silent Who, adds his little voice, the jungle animals finally hear their cry and agree to help Horton protect Whoville…

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