Yertle The Turtle and Other Stories
by Dr. Seuss
read March 2009
There are three separate stories in this collection, Yertle The Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag. Remember, if you haven’t already, check out my March Dr. Seuss Book Giveaway!
Yertle the Turtle has to be some sort of political satire. Yertle is the king of all of the turtles and decides that he isn’t happy ruling just the small pond. He decides he needs a higher throne so that he is ruler of all that he can see. His method of raising his throne, is to call over more turtles for him to sit upon. He starts with a few and then needs more and more. More turtles get called over to be a part of his throne. One turtle named Mack is at the bottom of the stack. He tells the king that he and the other turtles are getting sore and need a break. Yertle, of course does no care. Eventually, Mack burps. Something so silly, yet significant enough to tumble the entire stack of turtles to the ground…leaving Yertle in the mud. Now he is ruler of nothing because all of th turtles are free.
Gertrude McFuzz is about a girl-bird who has a very small, plain tail. She is very jealous of another bird’s tail. She convincs her uncle to tell her where a secret bush is that has berries that will make her tail grow more feathers. She eats a berry and cannot help but eat more and more. Soon her tail grows to an absurd length with too many feathers to count. She is ready to go and gloat to the other bird, Lolla-Lee-Lou, but she can’t fly. All of those feathers weigh so much she cannot move. A whole group of birds has to fly her home, where she must pluck out her tail feathers. Gertrude learned her lesson and when the plucking is done, she is happy with the one small tail feather she had originally.
The Big Brag is about a rabbit who begins to brag that he is the best. Along comes a bear who assures the rabbit that he is the best. They boast about their different skills. About who can hear farther and who can smell farther and why that makes them the best amimal of all. Then along comes a worm who assures them that neither of them are the best animal of all. He says that he can see farther than either can hear or smell. He say he can see past Japan, England and Brazil, and ends up seeing two fools on a hill. (sheesh…now I’m rhyiming) With that, the worm plops back into his hole and gets back to work.
All three stories have nice, obvious morals to the story. I’m a sucker for the rhymes as well. There is something about rhyming books that hold kids in almost a trance. Some of Dr. Seuss’ books I have trouble getting the timing right to make the rhyme come out…but these three stories were very easy to read…even tired!
The back of the book had a list of books made by Dr. Seuss…and then I looked into it more and I think I have a pretty good list going here.
A complete (I think) list of books written by Dr. Seuss
- And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
- The King’s Stilts
- Horton Hatches the Egg
- McElligot’s Pool
- Thidwick The Big Hearted Moose
- Bartholomew and the Oobleck
- If I Ran the Zoo
- Scrambled Eggs Super!
- Horton Hears a Who!
- On Beyond Zebra!
- If I Ran the Circus
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
- Happy Birthday To You!
- The Sneetches and Other Stories
- Dr. Seuss Sleep Book
- I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew
- The Cat in the Hat Songbook
- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories
- I Can Draw it Myself
- The Lorax
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
- Hunches in Bunches
- The Butter Battle Book
- You’re Only Old Once!
- Oh The Places You Will Go!
- Daisy-Head Mayzie
- The Cat in the Hat
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Hop On Pop
- Dr. Seuss ABC
- Fox In Socks
- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
- The Shape of me and Other Stuff
- There’s A Wocket in My Pocket!
- Oh, The Things You Can Think!
- The Cat’s Quizzer
- I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
- Oh Say Can You Say?
- The Big Brag
- The Glunk That Got Thunk
- Great Day For Up
- Gertrude McFuzz
- King Looie Katz
- Too Many Daves
- What Was I Scared Of?
- The Zax
Let me know if you know of one I’ve missed. I forgot about What Was I Scared Of? It is one of Lauren’s favorites. The boy is afraid of a pair of pants that is following him around. I will have to see if I still have it!