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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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    Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (Sandydog1)
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I loved reading this book because I got to see how Dr. Seuss used his books to give the readers a strong message. For instance, this book is extremely funny but the main idea of "Yertle the turtle" is to treat everyone is nice way. I also understood that he was trying to teach the readers to not take advantage of people. He also tells the readers to not think they're better than anyone else. I noticed this aspect while reading this book because Yertle thought he was better than all of the turtles and wanted to be king. The turtles helped him by letting him get on top of them, but he still wasn't satisfied! He also did not care about the pain he was causing all of the turtles from being on top of them, especially little Mack, the turtle. I feel like Dr. Seuss was also talking about dictators because before Yertle started ruling over them they were a lot happier. I also understood this because he said,"All the turtles are free as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be." Overall this book was very amusing and interesting to read because I would have never thought he talked about such serious topics in a comical way. This book also included the story, "Getrude Mcfuzz". This story was about a bird who was extremely envious of another bird because she had only one feather and the other bird had two. She desperately wanted another feather because she wanted to be as pretty as the other bird so her uncle told her about a magical tree that would make her grow another tail feather. Getrude was very happy about this news and went to the tree and ate all of the seeds on the tree which made her have 21 tail feathers. This is where the story begins being very funny. She couldn't fly because she had too many tail feathers! I feel like both of these stories give the readers the message of being happy with who you are and to not be envious of others. ( )
  kristeen1995 | Mar 9, 2017 |
In the book, "Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories", there is a turtle named Yertle who seemed to believe he was very important and wanted help rising up. He wanted to use all of the other turtles that were in the pond to help him be the top of the pile but were not showing any appreciation towards them. The central message of this book is that although people are willing to help you become higher and are not looking for anything in return, they should be treated well and shown appreciation. If you do not appreciate the people that help you, you will eventually crash and everything will fall apart. ( )
  LaurenToth | Feb 28, 2017 |
This is a easy reader, written by Dr. Seuss to help students learn to read. ( )
  Olivia.Morris | Nov 9, 2016 |
Yertle the Turtle is an interesting story about a King of the pond in the far-away Island of Sala-ma-pond. The King Yertle the turtle was very selfish and wanted to rule not just the pond, but the entire kingdom. To do this, Yertle the King decided to make all of his other friends climb on top of each other so that he could sit way high up in the air. Even though the turtles were in pain, especially the bottom turtle named Mack, the King didn't care. Finally, after begging for the King to let all the turtles free, Mack burped really loud which sent the King flying, making him now the King of the Mud. After doing some research on this book, I learned that Dr. Seuss intended on the King to be a figure of Adolf Hitler. If I were a teacher, this may be an interesting book to read if I wanted to introduce Adolf Hitler. ( )
  asialandry | Oct 23, 2016 |
Yertle the Turtle is a wonderful way to introduce children to the dangers of certain types of governments. Although they do not need to know that the story points to Hitler's reign in Germany, they can be taught that it is a mistake to allow any one person (or turtle!) to have total power. Additionally, children love the rhythm and rhymes of Dr. Seuss books.
  erindunton | Oct 9, 2016 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394800877, Hardcover)

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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