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Adda Sköldpadda (1958)

av Dr. Seuss

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Includes three humorous stories in verse: Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag.
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    Min kamp av Adolf Hitler (Sandydog1)
    Sandydog1: Same theme, although Suess' work is far superior
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Dr. Seuss presents three short stories, each highlighting a particular moral lesson, in this classic picture-book. In the eponymous Yertle the Turtle, that chelonian ruler attempts to make himself greater and greater by forcing his fellow turtles to pile themselves up in a great column, so that he can sit at the very top and survey his "kingdom." Like all tyrants, he is brought low again by the instability of his rule. In Gertrude McFuzz a young bird with only one feather envies a peer - the pretty Lolla-Lee-Lou - who has two, eventually pestering her doctor uncle into telling her how to increase her tail feathers. Unfortunately, Gertrude goes a little bit too far in her quest for beauty, and must pay the price in a painful way. Finally, in The Big Brag, a rabbit and bear get into a competition to see who is the better of the two, one demonstrating great hearing, another great smell, before a humble worm puts them both in their place, by pointing out how foolish they have been...

Originally published in 1958, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories was Dr. Seuss's fifteenth children's book, and is a title I recall very fondly, from my own childhood. I have vivid memories of reading and rereading this book, particularly the first two stories. I picked it up for this current reread as part of my recently begun Dr. Seuss retrospective, in which I will be reading and reviewing all forty-four of the author/artist's classic children's books, in chronological publication order. This is a project I have undertaken as an act of personal protest against the suppression of six of the author/artist's titles - And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, McElligot's Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Scrambled Eggs Super!, On Beyond Zebra! and The Cat's Quizzer - by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, due to the outdated and potentially offensive elements that they contain. See my review of And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, to be found HERE, for a fuller exploration of my thoughts on that matter.

Leaving that aside, Yertle the Turtle has always been one of my favorite Seuss books, and might have been one of my rare five-star titles as well, if I loved the third story here as much as I love the first two. The tale of Yertle and his delusions of grandeur has always struck me (and many other readers as well) as a meditation on the nature of political power, one which emphasizes that rulers can only rule with the consent of the governed, and that the high position of our elites, whether economic or political, often rests on the hard work of ordinary people. Yertle's eventual fall, both literally and figuratively, comes about because he forgets this essential truth, and because he is indifferent to the welfare of those ordinary people (or, in his case, turtles). One wishes that this lesson could be drummed into our current leadership, whatever their political stripe! The tale of Gertrude and her plume envy highlights, not just the folly of wishing to be like others, but the idea that often, simplicity is best. After all, what could be more beautiful than flying? And yet, because our avian heroine wishes for an ornate tail, one graced by countless colorful feathers, she finds herself unable to take to the skies. A useful reminder that superficial appearance fades into insignificance, compared to the desirability of health, and the full functioning of one's body. Finally, the story of the contest between the rabbit and bear points out the absurdity of imagining that our differences make us better (or worse) than one another. While one individual may be superior in one skill or ability, another may be better at some other. In the end, arguing about who is the "best," in terms of the overall value of the individual, is a waste of time.

All in all, a wonderful book, one which presents a number of valuable lessons for the child reader, packaged in such a way as to be entertaining, rather than preachy. While it's true that The Big Brag has never quite struck the same never with me, as the other two stories - I have few memories of it, from my girlhood, whereas I can recall reading and greatly enjoying the other two - overall Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories remains a personal favorite, and certainly deserves its status as a classic. The accompanying artwork has all of the humorous appeal one would expect from Seuss, and the stories and engaging and thought-provoking. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 21, 2021 |
This book is about yertle the turtle and the adventure he goes throughout the book. This book is good for rhyming and repetition. ( )
  virreyes7 | Apr 13, 2021 |
Yurtle the Turtle is a good cautionary tale about aspiring tyrants, though the analogy for Adolf Hitler breaks down if you squint too hard.

The story of Gertrude McGuzz is the kind of "don't be greedy" tale that I've become increasingly bored of.

The Big Brag had a much cleverer ending than I was expecting. So, kudos! ( )
  pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
Fun, entertaining. Kids want it read over and over ( )
  SuProv | Jul 18, 2020 |
Typical Dr. Seuss fare. It wasn't one of my favourites as a kid, but I liked it okay.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
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