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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
by Dr. Seuss

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Characters

Meet the Cast

Yertle the Turtle

Yertle the turtle is the main turtle in this story, but only because he's decided so. Here's our nice little breakdown of how he's a jerk, why he's a jerk, and what this says about the big bad worl...

Mack & the Proletariat

Ah yes, the bottommost turtles. Now these are an interesting bunch. And, unlike Yertle, they do grow quite significantly throughout the course of the story… and we're not just talking about verti...

Gertrude McFuzz

Despite not being a turtle and not being on the top of any stacks, Gertrude McFuzz actually has a lot in common both with Yertle from "Yertle the Turtle" and the Rabbit and Bear from "The Big Brag....

Lolla-Lee-Lou

Lolla-Lee-Lou is that kind of character—the kind that's not so much a character so much as an unattainable ideal. That's why she only really appears once in the story, yet her name is mentioned f...

Dr. Uncle Dake

Oh, kindly Uncle Dake. He's just sitting there in his nest, twiddling his thumbs and waiting for retirement when Gertrude flies in and throws her tantrums. This guy has classic normative character...

Other Birds in "Gertrude McFuzz"

What's the deal with those birds who schlep Gertrude around for two full weeks at the end of the story, despite any damage to their beaks? Like Lolla-Lee-Lou, they're not really fleshed out and are...

The Rabbit from "The Big Brag"

You'll notice right from the get go how similar both the rabbit and the bear are to Yertle the Turtle in the way they define themselves based on comparisons. Plus, they don't go through much of a j...

The Bear from "The Big Brag"

Don't tell them we told you, but the bear and the rabbit have a lot more in common than they like to think. The only real difference is that while the rabbit is one of those animals that looks smal...

The Worm from "The Big Brag"

Say what you will about worms, but you just can't beat the one in these pages. He's smart, funny, and (sorry, here come two puns) down to earth and salt of the earth. Yeah, yeah, roll your eyes, bu...