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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
Illustrated in color. Three modern fables in humorous pictures and verse: "Yertle the Turtle," "Gertrude McFuzz," and "The Big Brag."See all Editorial Reviews
digital version appears to have been scanned very unreadable to my grandson.Published 22 days ago by betty fanelli
I have been reading this book to my son since he was 2 months old and it has captivated him every time. My wife and I love the proverbial themes in each story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dohn Norwood
The Little guy (who is 7) loved these stories. He read the book through in two sittings... and actually asked if he could keep reading for a bit longer so he could finish. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Besso
These three stories are indeed lessons worth teaching because they all have unpleasant surprise endings for the characters; when the kids read them, they will understand the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Gamer
Cute book but not my favorite. Dr. S has better children's books. Good read though the story is a classic.Published 2 months ago by Hope Bartrom