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Horton hears a . . . Gore?

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One of the beauties of having kids is that you get to read and watch your favorite stories, books, and movies from childhood all over again. Now that it is December, The Grinch is high on our viewing list. I luvs me some Grinch, really I do. Boris Karloff rocks. Our DVD of his grinchiness also includes Horton Hears a Who. I don’t think this was one of my childhood Seuss favorites and I can’t recall if I’ve ever read our copy of it to the girls.

But, watching this sweet, misunderstood elephant rescue an entire miniscule civilization of Whos in the face of a community of jungle dwellers who did not believe him or support his quest made me once again marvel at Seuss’ keen understanding of the interconnected web of humanity and ecology. (The Lorax, he who speaks for the trees, comes to mind, as well)

Then I had another thought: Does Al Gore know that he’s modeled his post-vice-presidential, Inconvenient Truth-y life on a . . . sensitive elephant?  Nobody listens to Al about climate change and impending ecological disaster, much like the kangaroos, apes, and toucans thought Horton was going off his rocker when he told them that a speck of dust held an entire community of Whos (a person’s a person, no matter how small). But, in the end, the Whos themselves holler and shout and make their voices heard and their presence acknowledged. Too bad the polar bears and seals, gorillas and tigers affected by the rise in temperature, the shift of breeding grounds, and the rising ocean levels can’t holler at us, too.

Written by Jennifer

December 9, 2007 at 9:32 pm

Posted in books, Kids, politics

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