Friday, December 13, 2019

Review - Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
by Dr. Seuss
Date: 1958
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 96
Format: e-book
Source: library

Dr. Seuss presents three modern fables in the rhyming favorite Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The collection features tales about greed (“Yertle the Turtle”), vanity (“Gertrude McFuzz”), and pride (“The Big Brag”). In no other book does a small burp have such political importance! Yet again, Dr. Seuss proves that he and classic picture books go hand in hand.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I must've missed this one in my childhood, because I don't remember it at all. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though, even as an adult.

Even though this book was published decades ago, the themes within the three stories it contains are still fresh and valid. In fact, I think certain politicians should read them (not that it would make much difference; they're as oblivious to their own faults as the rabbit and the bear in "The Big Brag").

The book is almost 100 pages, but it doesn't feel like it. Each of the stories could be a great bedtime read. The rhyming text would be great fun read aloud.

Overall, this is a pretty strong trio of stories from Dr. Seuss. For those looking for tales about greed, vanity, and pride, these are some good contenders.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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