Dr. Seuss returns to the big screen

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Every week, Jared brings home a book from the school library and we make sure that it is one of the stories we read to him at bedtime. This past week, the story was Dr. Seuss' classic, Horton Hears a Who! If you're not familiar with it, it's the story of Horton, a sensitive elephant who hears a tiny voice coming from a speck of dust. It turns out an entire society -- the Whos of Who-ville -- lives on the speck and is in imminent danger of destruction because, well, they're living on a speck of dust.

Horton bravely accepts the responsibility for keeping the speck and its inhabitants safe, despite the ridicule and persecution of his peers who are unable to hear the tiny residents. Horton steadfastly maintains that "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small."

Coincidentally, coming back from Carson City to Lake Tahoe, I noticed a billboard with a picture of an elephant and was able to read the word "Horton" before zipping past. It turns out that Horton Hears a Who! has been made into a full-length, animated movie. The film stars Jim Carrey as Horton and Steve Carell as the Mayor of Who-ville.

This is not the first Dr. Seuss venture for Jim Carrey, of course; he previously played the part of the Grinch in the live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. While the Grinch was rated PG for crude humour, this film is rated G, so perhaps it stays true to Dr. Seuss' original vision. Kids-in-Mind hasn't reviewed it yet, but I'm sure hoping there's nothing offensive about the movie -- there isn't about the book.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.