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Yertle the Turtle by Dr Seuss

Updated on March 2, 2014

Dr. Seuss's Tribute to the 99 Percent: Yertle the Turtle

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories was written by Dr. Seuss in 1958. But this this tale of oligarchy is certainly no old-fashioned story! Sadly it is still very relevant today. The tale is of a megalomaniac who would happily stand on the backs of all others to build up their kingdom.

Since it is Dr. Seuss, the King is literally standing on the backs of those below him. Of course the King comes to a terrible end - and justice for the 99 percent of the turtles is restored by the end of the book.

The photo below is a Creative Commons photo from a Dr. Seuss political cartoon. Published in 1942 - this is example of the political cartooning that he developed prior to publishing children's books. Here the structure of the turtles is reversed; but I believe this is showing an inkling of Dr. Seuss's idea for this book. And the picture demonstrates that Dr. Seuss absolutely knew that any country could not be run with a power imbalance.

Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Turtle

One of my favorite kid's books.

Yertle the Turtle - Dr. Seuss Children's Story with a Message for Adults

Here is the story of the megalomaniac Yertle the Turtle, as well as two other stories from Dr. Seuss: "Gertrude McFuzz," and "The Big Brag."

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

Yertle the Turtle is one of Dr. Seuss's books that is often overlooked but it doesn't need to be. In his funny, unique way Dr. Seuss takes on some pretty heavy political content in ways that make this a must have for any library of a thinking child.

And look at Amazon's economical price - almost everyone can afford this great book!

Dr. Seuss Yertle The Turtle 13" Plush: Kohls
Dr. Seuss Yertle The Turtle 13" Plush: Kohls

Silly Yertle in a nice, cuddly plush toy. Even though the real Yertle can be a pill, this Yertle is a sweetheart.

Yoruga la tortuga y otros cuentos (Spanish Edition)
Yoruga la tortuga y otros cuentos (Spanish Edition)

Yertle the Turtle in Spanish. Children do best when they are started off with multiple languages when they are young.


Who Are the Ninety-Nine Percent? - I am part and My Bet is that You are

The 99 Percent Demand Justice in Occupy Oakland
The 99 Percent Demand Justice in Occupy Oakland

Economic Inequity will Lead to Unrest

The discrepancy between the very rich in the United States and the very poor has been rapidly expanding and the middle class has been shrinking.

Many were furious that the banks were bailed out - only to freeze lending to common people but give bonuses to their officials.

Too much inequity led to the Occupy movement - and will only lead to more unrest.

Yertle the Turtle and the 99 Percent on Ebay

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Seuss certainly used his voice to say plenty for adults to consider as well as entertainment for the wee ones. Celbrating Seuss' 110th birthday with the Books For Kids Contributor on Squidoo!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      I am totally shocked that this book has been banned in B.C.

      What an absurd ban!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      You actually found a Dr. Seuss book that I have not read. Yertle the turtle sounds like a delightful story in true Dr. Seuss style.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Steven Covey is a person who definitely knew how to use powerful stories to convey messages that stay with us forever.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, even though Yertle didn't aim to please - I do!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yertle the Turtle is so cute. Your lens just has got me smiling from ear to ear, Rose. God bless! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yesterday, Stephen Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People passed away. One of the seven habits is "Win-Win or No Deal." I thought about this habit after listening to the story of Yertle the Turtle. The story is a classic example of "I win - you lose." Those in positions of power would do well to remember "win-win." Rose, thanks for sharing this lens with us!