Theodore Geisel first used the penname Seuss during his senior year at Dartmonth College in the school’s humor magazine. Later as a professional magazine cartoonist, he began to sign his work as “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,” which he later shorted and carried over to his books. Today, the name Dr. Seuss is synonymous with children’s literature, and his timeless stories have been translated into multiple languages and are enjoyed around the world. For this reason and because one of his most famous characters, the Grinch, is so closely associated with this time of year, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to the works of Dr. Seuss.
“YERTLE THE TURTLE AND OTHER STORIES /
YORUGA LA TORTUGA Y OTROS CUENTOS Publisher (English): Random House
Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications
ISBN-13: 978-0394800875 (English)
ISBN-13: 978-1933032412 (Spanish)
Dr. Seuss presents three modern fables: In “Yertle the Turtle,” the king turtle of the pond on the Isle of Salama-Sond learns a lesson about greed when he decides one day that his idyllic kingdom is too small and makes his subjects standing on each other’s backs, so he could become the ruler of everything he sees. Then in “Gertrude McFuzz” a bird learns the cost of vanity when she becomes self-conscious about her small, plain tail, which only has one feather. Finally, in “The Big Brag” a rabbit and bear argue about whose talent is greater (the rabbit’s sense of hearing or the bear’s sense of smell) only to learn from a wise earthworm to not be prideful.
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