Buy Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Anniversary Edition Now

Editorial Reviewsdr seuss

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 –This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Cohen tells us that ‘when the top-selling children’s books of all time were compiled in 2001, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories had sold more copies than either Curious George or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’… I was fascinated to learn that Yertle was ‘actually a caricature of Adolf Hitler – ‘a little domineering guy who pushes people around.” Cohen also includes two lost stories – The Ruckus and The Kindly Snather – which both teach a lesson and both made me smile. If you’re a Dr. Seuss fan (and who isn’t?) then you really should have this anniversary edition…in your collection. [Highest rating] –BookLoons.com, 11/17/2008

Cohen tells us that ‘when the top-selling children’s books of all time were compiled in 2001, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories had sold more copies than either Curious George or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’… I was fascinated to learn that Yertle was ‘actually a caricature of Adolf Hitler – ‘a little domineering guy who pushes people around.” Cohen also includes two lost stories – The Ruckus and The Kindly Snather – which both teach a lesson and both made me smile. If you’re a Dr. Seuss fan (and who isn’t?) then you really should have this anniversary edition…in your collection. [Rated “3 books” – Highest rating] –BookLoons.com, Hilary Williamson, 11/17/2008

In his Retrospective, Cohen tells us that ‘when the top-selling children’s books of all time were compiled in 2001, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories had sold more copies than either Curious George or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ …I was fascinated to learn that Yertle was ‘actually a caricature of Adolf Hitler – ‘a little domineering guy who pushes people around.” Cohen also includes two lost stories – The Ruckus and The Kindly Snather – which both teach a lesson and both made me smile. If you’re a Dr. Seuss fan (and who isn’t?) then you really should have this anniversary edition…in your collection – to read and chortle over with young children, or simply to enjoy, and think about, on your own. [Rated with 3 books, highest rating] –BookLoons.com, Hilary Williamson (founder), 11/17/2008

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 50 Anv edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375838503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375838507
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


Buy Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Anniversary Edition Now