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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 Gertrude McFuzz, Lines 1 – 4 Summary

Meet Gertrude 

  • Just like in "Yertle the Turtle," Dr. Seuss begins this second story with a classic line from traditional storytelling: "There once was a girl…"
  • What does this do? The same thing as the last one. It suspends us in a time and place away from our own. So this gal, Gertrude McFuzz, she couldn't possibly be us.
  • Right?
  • Recap: Gertrude McFuzz is a girl and a bird. And she has a small, plain tail.
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