Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

by Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss


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Illus. in color. Three modern fables in humorous pictures and verse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800875
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/12/1958
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 24,521
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yertle the Turtle...what a deliteful and brilliant story! I've been reading this book to my kids and grandkids for years. The simplicity of the story is wonderful, the characters are colorful and the book is just easy and fun to read. Even though the characters are all turtles they each have their very own distinctive and unique personality. The illustration of each character is special. The facial expressions and personalities might remind you of someone you know. The moral of the story is an important lifes lesson for both young and old. I have had this book for a very long time but my 26 year old son recently wanted his own copy. So of course I set out to find it for him. I knew I did not have to look very far because Barnes and Noble never disappoints me. I was able to find the book quickly and ordered it immediately. My son was thrilled to have it! It was like watching him turn 5 years old again! What a brilliant gift! Thank you Dr. Seuss and thank you Barnes and Noble. Lydia Sweet
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yertle the Turtle is very greedy. He abuses his power and takes advantage of the other turtles. He ignores the requests of his "subjects," and he is over"thrown" because one turtle burped. This book illustrates how greed is an evil trait and power is short lived if the power is abused.
SarahAZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's about a turtle, called Yertle, who is a king and forces all the other turtles to stand on one another just so he can climb up and be on top of the world. When he looks out and finds something that is higher than him, he brings in more turtles to help carry him. I really loved this book because it's interesting to see how political it really is, which hits an audience of all kinds of age groups. One of the powerful messages the book delivers is how to be considerate and not be greedy. I would recommend it for kids to read it, but I would also like it if these kids were to return to it later on in the years, because then they'd have a different kind of reading of what the book is delivering.
ljemanuel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another great story talking about compromise. A good book for all ages with pictures and different length's of sentences.
rjmcwhorter1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are clever, and the stories are amusing, and they all contain underlying morals that children can benefit from. I would definitely read this to my students.
krdavis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remembering reading this to my "classroom" when I was a little girl. I don't know what it is about this story but I do love it. I think it is a great story about being nice and considerate. Even more in depth, it is about not stepping on the little people because it will come back to hurt you. I think this is a good book to read to younger children and also a good book for beginning readers.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, he certainly had an interest in sharing political views. Whether this is good or bad depends, I guess, on whether you agree with him. He did it in a way that's not too preachy or annoying, that's a point in his favor.Here we have three stories, whose names I don't care to remember at this time. (The book is visiting Grandma with my nieces, so I have to post from memory. Forgive me.)In the first one - Yertle the Turtle! - we have a grandiose turtle king who insists on stacking all the turtles in his kingdom so he can see more and more and be king of more and more. And so it goes on until the one at the bottom, poor Mack, decides that he has rights too and shakes the whole throne. And now all turtles are free, the way turtles (and all people) are meant to be. Then we have one about a bird who wants more and more feathers until... okay, I can't remember this one, but it's a moral about selfishness and vanity (I believe).And the third, which I adore, is about a bear and a rabbit arguing over who is best until they're bested by a worm who claims he can see "all the way around the world" but, alas, all he sees is two big fools with nothing better to do than to argue about who is better than who!So we have three good stories, three easy morals (two and a half? I cannot, for the life of me, remember that middle moral!), and a nifty green cover. I like this book a lot.One note: This book is written for school-aged children. Please, don't get it for your baby.
MSmith060511 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite children's books of all time! There are three stories in this book. We usually read it during Read Across America Week. We also try to tie in our animal unit study of reptiles that week.
ecosborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag are the three fun stories in this Dr. Seuss book. Yertle was King of the pond but he wanted to be King of all he could see so he built his throne higher so he could see farther, and farther. In Gertrude McFuzz she wishes to have a tale like Lolla-Lee-Lou so she eats berries that make your tale grow however she isn't satisfied and keeps eating until her tale is so long she can't even fly anymore and gets stuck on the mountain with the berries.In the Big Brag both a bear and a rabbit say they are better than the other until an old worm settles the argument by proving he is better than both and that they are silly for arguing. I love Dr.Seuss books and this proved to be another good one. It was interesting to see the hidden moral to the story that I hadn't really noticed before in Dr. Seuss books.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here is a rare case where "Other Stories" refers to vignettes that are just as classic as the book's title piece. Unlike "The Sneetches," the stories in this book are also united by a common theme: the futility of vanity. Politics may be beyond the grasp of many children's interest or understanding, but they will still comprehend that Yertle is being supremely unfair to his turtle companions. They may be even better able to relate to Gertrude McFuzz's envy or to the playground boasting of the rabbit and bear in "The Big Brag." Seuss was a rare genius in combining the sheer fun of poetry with the morality of fairy tales, without needlessly dragging children on quests and excursions when something simple would do. This book is a perfect example of that feat, times three.
esproull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yertle the turtle is king of the pond, but one day decides that his throne is too low and he wants to be higher so that he can see much more. Yertle commands all of the other turtles to stand atop one another, so they stack up 40 turtles high with Yertle on top. But this simply isn't good enough for Yertle because he is very greedy and wants to see even more. He commands another hundred or so turtles to join the others and lift him higher. One little turtle named Mack speaks up from below and tells King Yertle that his legs are getting tired, he is hungry, and his shell might crack from the weight of all the other turtles. Yertle doesn't care one bit, he just keeps adding more and more turtles to the stack in order to get higher and higher. Eventually, the turtle-stack is too tall and they all come tumbling down. Yertle lands face-first in a puddle of mud and the other turtles just laugh because they know he has gotten what he deserves.
wordsofpeace421 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My young daughters and I love to read this book at bedtime. When Yertle's dictatorship collapses, my 3 year old cheers. This book has universal themes that are good for children of all ages 1-99.
JoseDelAguila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Illustrations in color. Three modern fables in humorous pictures and verse.
Heather19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good, funny Dr. Seuss book... and who doesn't love Dr. Suess?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I remember as a very young child growing up in the mid '50s. I really believe it had a profound effect on my social and moral consciousness. I bought it to read to by children in the mid 80's and they still refer to its lessons from time to time. When I found out I was going to be a grandparent for the first time, it was the first purchase I made as a gift to the next generation of the family. Don't let your children or grandchildren miss out on the opportunity to learn from Yertle, Gertrude, or the the Big Brag! The world would be a better place if we all learned these simple lessons.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
A less famous attempt from Dr. Seuss but a masterpiece nonetheless.
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This is a wonderful series for teaching moments for children and adults. My grand daughter loves Dr. Seuss. This was her first book of this kind.
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The fact that he portrays Yertle as Hitler is a perfect way for parents to teach kids about Hitler's terrible ways and show them what never to do. 'Never step on someone on your way up bec you will need them on your way down'. This is so true. Especially in this book.