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Yoruga la Tortuga y otros cuentos (Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Spanish Edition) (Classic Seuss) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings
ISBN:1984831267
LANGUAGE:Spanish

" one book down, four to go #cramathon " said.

" Gotta love Dr. SeussAnd this one is in rhyme with a moral. " said.

" Yertle the Turtle is a tale of the megalomania of leadership, false consciousness, ensuing class oppression and the revolutionary role of the proletariat told and illustrated by the inspired labor artist, Theodor Seuss Geisel.God knows, it changed my life! " said.

" Stories are still a bit on the long side for my 4 month old, but she's a trooper and stayed with me until almost the end of the Yertle the Turtle story -- fidgeting only when the story became, in her opinion, two pages too long. This is one we'll definitely pull off the shelf again when she's older. " said.

" I remember reading this one at my grandma's house, and also at my house growing up. I read it over and over. My favorite of the longer Seuss books, and my younger son says that he likes it a lot, too. It has 3 separate stories. Yertle is the king of all that he can see, so he makes other turtles pile up so he can stand on their backs (I read somewhere that this story was Seuss's commentary about Hitler). " said.

"This book was alright. Of course Dr. Seuss is known for putting political morals inside pretty much all of his books, so I think that it was easier to read because it wasn't completely toned down for young readers. I enjoyed "Yertle the Turtle" out of the other stories because at the end when Yertle the King was no longer king, it showed Mack (the one who kicked the king off his throne) on the rock showing that he may get greedy and make another throne out of helpless turtles. There is a lot between the lines that don't jump out to you, but if you carefully analyze his works you'll see the relation to political morals." said.

"Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories has three short stories, one against fascism, one against jealousy and one against bragging. The two my kids enjoy reading most are the first and third, "Yertle the Turtle" and "The Big Brag."

Back when Theodor Geisel was working as a political cartoonist, he drew an anti Hitler cartoon showing a stack of turtles in a V-shape. The caption said "You can't build a substantial V out of turtles!" You can see it reproduced in Dr. Seuss Goes to War by by Richard H. Minear.

Yertle, the despot king turtle, decides he wants to increase his kingdom. Turtle law says he's the king of all he can see. To increase his view and thus his kingdom, he stands on the backs of his turtle subjects. His own lust for power ends up being his literal downfall.

The second story, "Gertrude McFuzz" is about a bird who is jealous of another bird with a more beautiful tail. She goes to great lengths to increase the beauty of her tail but loses the ability to fly in the process. She has to learn to be happy with who she is the way she is.

The final story is "The Big Brag" which reminds me of Sean and his best friend. They love to brag to each other about all the great things they have or all the great things they can do. Their bragging will often times come in the way of actually playing until they are called on it. In this story the bragging pair are rabbit and a bear.
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"Dr. Seuss the revolutionary! Man Yertle the Turtle's some good stuff. I'll let the master tell his own story beginning from the point where Yertle threatens to stack thousands of turtles one on top of the other so that, from atop the stack, he can become king of everything he surveys:

But, as Yertle, the Turtle King, lifted his hand
And started to order and give the command,
That plain little turtle below in the stack,
That plain little turtle whose name was just Mack,
Decided he’d taken enough. And he had.
And that plain little lad got a bit mad.
And that plain little Mack did a plain little thing.
He burped!
And his burp shook the throne of the king!

And Yertle the Turtle, the king of the trees,
The king of the air and the birds and the bees,
The king of a house and a cow and a mule…
Well, that was the end of the Turtle King’s rule!
For Yertle, the King of all Sala-ma-Sond,
Fell off his high throne and fell Plunk! in the pond!

And today the great Yertle, that Marvelous he,
Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.
And the turtles, of course… all the turtles are free
As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.

A king's tyrannical actions lead to stress-induced indigestion and angst among the lowest on the societal totem pole. And poof! The king topples from his throne. Dr. Seuss has given us a catchily-rhymed parable about the power of democracy from below. And I wasn't the only one who liked it. Unlike our bedtime read of the too-long The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins which touched on similar themes, Sigourney asked for numerous repeat tellings of Yertle. It's a good picture book that appeals to adults (well, this adult) and children alike. An easy five star rating." said.

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