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Yertle the Turtle

(1958)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
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

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Dr Seuss, Charles Cohen
ISBN: 0-375-83850-3 / 978-0-375-83850-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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September 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Dr Seuss, Charles Cohen
ISBN: 0-375-93850-8 / 978-0-375-93850-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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April 1958 : USA Hardback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-80087-7 / 978-0-394-80087-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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April 1958 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Yertle The Turtle, And Other Stories (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-613-37705-2 / 978-0-613-37705-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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October 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle & Other Stories
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-517-12991-4 / 978-0-517-12991-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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August 1992 : USA Hardback

Title: YERTLE THE TURTLE BK/CASS PKG. (Dr. Seuss Book & Cassette Classics)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-679-83229-7 / 978-0-679-83229-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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September 1988 : USA Hardback

Title: Yertle, the Turtle
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-606-05086-8 / 978-0-606-05086-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media
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December 1963 : UK Hardback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-195956-5 / 978-0-00-195956-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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April 1958 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Yertle the Turtle (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-90087-1 / 978-0-394-90087-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-824003-5 / 978-0-00-824003-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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September 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories: Yellow Back Book (Dr. Seuss - Yellow Back Book)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-750303-2 / 978-0-00-750303-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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July 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-786024-2 / 978-0-00-786024-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories: Yellow Back Book (Dr. Seuss - Yellow Back Book) (Level 3 Yellow Back Books)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-717314-8 / 978-0-00-717314-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (Dr Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-171758-8 / 978-0-00-171758-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-679-82848-6 / 978-0-679-82848-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Audio Editions

January 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Yertle the Turtle
Author(s): Dr Seuss
Publisher: Listening Library
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July 1990 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Yertle the Turtle
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-07-508726-X / 978-0-07-508726-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amer School Pub
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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