Dr. Seuss Classic Tour: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories + Giveaway

Posted 07/28/2015 by alicemarvels in Book Radar
what pet should I get blog tour

Today we’re celebrating all things Dr. Seuss in honor of the release of the newly discovered Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? We’re reviewing a timeless Seuss favorite of ours, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, plus offering up a chance to win a copy of What Pet Should I Get – scroll down to enter!


What Pet Should I Get by Dr. Seuss

In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

About Dr. Seuss:
Dr. Seuss

Photo courtesy of Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Review

Today we’re celebrating the Seuss love by reviewing one of our favorite classics, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

This classic collection of short stories imparts valuable, simple lessons about power, envy, and insecure bragging that will be familiar to children who experience these dynamics on the playground, or older readers who see these scenarios play out in countless ways in the adult world. I remember enjoying these stories as a child, and now revisiting them, they’re just as enjoyable, smart, and well drawn as I remember.

“Yertle the Turtle” 

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

Yertle is king of the turtles, but that title is not enough, he wants to be ruler of even more, and in order for that to happen, he has to see even more. Easy – he just stacks his loyal subjects up beneath him, and steps atop his new turtle throne!

As a child, I didn’t realize Yertle was a stand in for Adolf Hitler. Whether you read it as a political allegory or a simple children’s fable, Yertle and his domineering, crush the everyman impulses will feel familiar, and it is easy to root for the everyman, or everyturtle Mack at the bottom, who talks back to Yertle, questioning the wisdom of a painful turtle throne.

“Gertrude McFuzz” 

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

Gertrude McFuzz has a small tail which doesn’t compare to her friend Lolla-Lee-Lou’s luxurious two tails. Her jealousy drives her to seek out a quick fix that will give her a more impressive tail. But she can’t seem to stop improving her tail, to the point where she is physically unable to fly. This story is even more relevant today in this looks obsessed, improve everything with plastic surgery era than it was in the late 50’s when it was first published, though the moral at the heart of the story remains the same.

“The Big Brag”

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

In this story, we have a rabbit declaring himself the greatest animal on the planet, and a bear taking umbrage with this. The two get into an argument about who is better, bragging about their far reaching hearing and smelling abilities. They are soon one-upped by a clever worm, who outshines both of them while putting them in their place appropriately.

Overall, I highly recommend Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories to readers of all ages – the drawings are classic Seuss and the stories and rhymes are as timely and brilliant as ever, teaching readers about the pitfalls of pride and the virtue of being humble in your daily lives.

Dr. Seuss 44 Classic Book Celebratory Tour

>what pet should I get blog tour

>Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on today’s celebratory tour for more Seussish love!

  1. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young Folks.com
  2. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
  3. The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
  4. The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
  5. Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
  6. McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
  7. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
  8. Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
  9. If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
  10. Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
  11. Horton Hears a Who! 1954 – Bookiemoji
  12. On Beyond Zebra! 1955 – Jessabella Reads
  13. If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
  14. The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
  16. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
  17. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
  18. Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
  19. Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
  20. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
  21. The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
  22. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
  23. Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
  24. Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
  25. Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
  26. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
  27. The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
  28. The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
  29. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
  30. I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
  31. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
  32. The Lorax, 1971 – Elizziebooks
  33. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
  34. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
  35. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
  36. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
  37. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
  38. The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
  39. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
  40. Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
  41. Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
  42. The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
  43. You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
  44. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990  – Jesse the Reader

Thanks to the lovely folks at Random House Children’s Books, we have one copy of What Pet Should I Get? to give away. US entries only please.

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    Nice, I read Suess a lot as a kid, but my girls hasn’t been very interested


    He really was a master at what he did wasn’t he? Love this and all his books!


    I have never read Seuss 😉


    I had no idea he had one final book coming out. I really need to get my kids started on my Seuss. I read him and loved him as a kid.


    I haven’t read this one!!! SHAME ON ME!!! I absolutely love his illustrations though, they’re so whimsical. I would have loved to have spend 5 minutes in his head. Can you imagine?


    LOVE Seuss! Some of my fave childhood memories are around his books. 🙂


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      Yes, I see those. 1 Peter 1:19-20 speaks of the Lamb beign chosen before the creation of the world. Either reading seems to make theological sense. I have taught this verse in reference to the Lamb being slain from creation. I have done a bit of look around, and while I can find a bunch of people who share the conclusion that this verse speaks of the book being written from eternity, I haven’t found anyone who demonstrates why the more natural reading is not to be preferred.


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    I am collecting these again for my granddaughter. Love Seuss 🙂

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