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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (edition 1958)

by Dr. Seuss

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Title:Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Authors:Dr. Seuss
Info:Random House (1958), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 96 pages
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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

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This silly turtle tale teaches the importance of humility and not stepping on people to get where you want, in this case a stack of turtles. Yertle wanted so badly to be the king of everything but didn't about anyone but himself. It takes tumbling in the mud for him, and readers to come to that realization. Humility and lack of selfishness are big, yet difficult subjects to teach to young children. This book speaks where words fail as a parent or a teacher. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 30, 2015 |
This book tells the story of a king turtle who wants to see everythign around him. The king is in reign of everything that he can see. What happens is that he tells the other turtles to stack so that he could be on top and see his kingdom. In the end, all of the turtles desert him. This is where he ends up with nothing in the end except with mud in his face. This is a fantasy book. ( )
  karleesampson | Jan 24, 2015 |
Yertle the king of the turtles became greedy wanting to rule over all. In order for him to do that he made the turtles pile higher and higher treating them badly. The poor turtles on the bottom were hurting so much but the king didn't care about the lowly people. Soon all the turtles came tumbling down leaving Yertle in the mud. ( )
  amccann | Oct 2, 2014 |
"Yertle the Turtle", about a megalomaniacal turtle who is king of all he surveys and puts his subject turtles (literally) under his heel to expand upon that, may be the most political of the Dr. Seuss stories. This is followed by "Gertrude McFuzz", about a bird who finds out the hard way the folly of pining for what you do not have that others do, and "The Big Brag", about the folly of putting others down by pumping yourself up. A trio of Dr. Seuss stories with strong morals indeed. ( )
  burnit99 | Aug 17, 2014 |
“Yertle the turtle” is a story about greed, vanity, and pride. This book gives great examples of what a leader shouldn’t be like. Yertle orders other turtles to stack themselves so that he can see further. It was clear that Yertle’s greed created frustration among the other turtles. The story shows children that nobody likes to be around someone who is greedy, because they are never happy. Also, I liked this book because the descriptive writing throughout the story conveyed many messages. For example, the message of freedom was conveyed. “And the turtles, of course… all the turtles are free as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.” Lastly, I really enjoyed the illustrations throughout the book. Each illustration was very funny and depicted the text perfectly to help young readers. Overall, the main message of this book shows that if you’re greedy you will never come out on top. ( )
  fwaldm1 | May 11, 2014 |
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This book is for The Bartletts of Norwich, Vt. and for The Sagmasters of Cincinnati, Ohio
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On the far-away Island of Sala-ma-Sond,
Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.
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Contains: Yertle the turtle -- Gertrude McFuzz -- The big brag
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Yet more wisdom cast down from high atop Mt. Seuss, this cheerful trio of tales teaches some valuable lessons in humility--thanks to a sharp-eyed worm, a bragging bear and rabbit, a fuzzy-tailed bird, and a couple hundred turtles led by their foolish King Yertle.

Yertle's story leads off with his attempt to build a bigger kingdom on the backs of his loyal subjects (literally). King of everything he can see, Yertle orders his turtles to stack up under him to build a towering throne. ("He made each turtle stand on another one's back and he piled them all up in a nine-turtle stack.") But a plain little turtle named Mack--stuck at the bottom--decides he's had enough. ("I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down on the bottom we, too, should have rights!")

Following Yertle's downfall, a whiny girl-bird named Gertrude McFuzz wishes she had two feathers, just like Miss Lolla-Lee-Lou: "One droopy-droop feather. That's all that she had. And, oh! That one feather made Gertrude so sad." But even when Gertrude gets her wish--and then some--she finds that vanity has its price. Meanwhile, in "The Big Brag," a proud rabbit and an even-prouder bear duke it out in a battle of the senses, arguing over who's the best of the beasts, only to get their clever comeuppance from a wild-eyed little worm. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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Includes three humorous stories in verse; Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag.

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