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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories: Yellow Back Book (Dr. Seuss - Yellow Back Book) Paperback – 5 Jan 2004
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“[Dr. Seuss] has…instilled a lifelong love of books, learning and reading [in children]” – The Telegraph
“Dr. Seuss ignites a child’s imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses” – The Express
“The magic of Dr. Seuss, with his hilarious rhymes, belongs on the family bookshelf” – Sunday Times Magazine
“The author… has filled many a childhood with unforgettable characters, stunning illustrations, and of course, glorious rhyme” – The Guardian
“Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.” – The Express
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Illustrated in color. Three modern fables in humorous pictures and verse: "Yertle the Turtle," "Gertrude McFuzz," and "The Big Brag." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Yertle the Turtle was one of her picks.
This book has three stories in it, each with the same theme: Making Yourself More Self-Important Is the Wrong Direction!
Those who are familiar with Dr. Seuss's works during World War II as a political cartoonist will recognize the Yertle the Turtle theme as part of his satire of fascist dictators.
Your child will meet a lot of bossy people in her or his life, and this book can help prepare the way for understanding that one must assert one's rights or be trampled on. The child who is a natural leader can also learn the lesson of not abusing others. This story is a fundamental one for a democracy and should be read by every child. You will want to discuss applications of the lesson, as well, with your child.
The drawings are very funny and will keep your child laughing throughout.
Gertrude McFuss is about the dangers of envy. She was a girl-bird with the smallest plain tail ever. She had just one droopy-drop feather. Her friend, Lolla-Lee-Lou, had two feathers . . . both of which were larger. Gertrude decided she must has two also.
Your child will undoubtedly develop some envy of another child at this age. This story can help you point out the dangers of envy, and the very real drawbacks of getting what you want in many cases. So if your child decides this story is funny (and he or she will), you can then switch over to examples relating to clothing, toys and so forth in the child's own life.
The Big Brag is about a rabbit who competes with a bear to see which animal is the best.
This story is obviously focused on the importance of letting your deeds speak for you. Children like to get into squabbles like this about their potential and ability, and your reading of this story can help avoid that.
These timeless lessons should be irresistible for your child!
I'd say that you'd like to take a good look.
It's true, it's true, got's a moral or two,
Much more than others who only have few.
Now, I say, there's more than all that,
There's wubbulous pictures (but none of a rat).
I say, says I, that we should all read,
A book like the Turtle is one we all need.
To learn about boasting, to learn about greed,
Our conscious this story will certainly feed.
Now the time has come for this review to close,
I wish that all would see what this book bravely shows.
Its what's needed to ward off the foes
Of all the drainers of all of our smarts and all of our knows.
I wanted my step-daughter to have her own Dr.Seuss books to keep and possibly read to her own children 20+ years from now.
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