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Released: 1958-04-12

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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss


Three modern fables in humorous pictures and verse.

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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

Book Details

Author: Dr. Seuss Publisher: Random House Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 96

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