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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

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by Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss

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


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

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Barnes & Noble Staff
Dr. Seuss, pseudonym for Theodor Seuss Geisel, is world renowned for his inventiveness and wit. His stories are instantly recognizable by their use of fantastic words, clever rhymes, and unusual creatures-drawn in his distinctive style.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Every few years Random House reissues the various Dr. Seuss tales including this one, which dates back to the 1950s, before his Cat in the Hat easy-reads, and why shouldn't they?! It is likely that many share my firm belief that one is never too young or too old for Dr. Seuss. Leaders of state might do well to curl up with a child or grandchild and Yertle the Turtle, for example. Reading how the most overweening arrogance can be upset by a burp should help them think about building their power on the backs of their subjects. The lessons of Gertrude McFuzz and the Big Brag are equally salutary and equally easy to go back to again and again, thanks to inimitable rollicking rhymes and Seussy illustrations. The only way in which this "Party Edition" seems to differ from any other is that the cover is a little glitzier. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

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Random House Children's Books
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Classic Seuss Series
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Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.42(d)
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet 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.

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Brief Biography

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 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.