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The Audible version description states that Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag are all included in the version. That is not true and is false advertising. It is $2.95 for a 7 minute reading of ONLY Yertle the Turtle. Really disappointing.
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2008
Yertle The Turtle is an excellent book for children just learning to read and understand the importance of kindness toward one's fellow man. The illustrations, as always in these fine books by Dr. Seuss, are wonderful; and the rhyming text impresses me, too.
Yertle The Turtle is kind of the pond where other turtles live. However, one day Yertle gets greedy. He wants to rule over more than just the pond--and so he summons some of the turtles to stand on top of each other so that his "throne" will be taller. If his throne is taller and he can see more things like cows and other creatures, Yertle simply figures that he will be a more powerful king.
In addition, we see what happens when Yertle becomes even greedier. He ignores the polite complaints of Mack, the turtle lowest on the totem pole throne of turtles. Yertle doesn't care if Mack has aches and pains from having to support all the other turtles on his back. Finally things come to a head when Mack, the lowest turtle on the totem pole throne, complains loudly enough that Yertle must confront some things he doesn't like.
This fine book can be interpreted on a literal, concrete level for young children just learning to read; and older children will learn the importance of the fact that ALL turtles (and maybe people too) deserve to be free from oppression and not have ogres piling up literally on their backs.
The book has a hardcover that resists damage and the paper is very good quality.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for children; it teaches very important lessons both at the concrete, literal level and the more philosophical level. This will provide you and your child with many hours of quality time together.
I really liked the story, Yertle the Turtle, when he had a bunch of turtles stacked on top of each other and there was just this one little turtle named Mack on the bottom and he lifted the turtles off of him until Yertle fell into the pond and got all muddy.
I liked Gertrude McFuzz when she had all of those tails and couldn't move and it took weeks and weeks to get all of those feathers off until she eventually just had one, the one she started out with.