Horton the Elephant is a fictional character from the books Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who, both by Dr. Seuss.
Horton is a kind, sweet-natured elephant who cares about other animals or people. Though he goes through many hardships, whether trying to keep an egg warm through storms, rough travels, and humiliating shows or trying to save a small planet from harm, he always triumphs; the egg hatches into an elephant-bird, while the planet is saved and respected by the others.
In the movie (and the book of course) Horton often says, "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant.
An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!" And "A person's a person, no matter how small." Both of his mantras are great lessons, even for the big kids of the world.
We read a lot of Dr. Seuss, so this movie was perfect for Shelby. And I enjoyed it as well ... so that was a bonus!