Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Gertrude McFuzz, Lines 5 – 13 Summary
Along Comes Lolla
In case we've forgotten, we're reminded that Gertrude's tail is tiny… and droopy. She's not psyched about it.
Oh here we go. Gertrude is just minding her own business when this upstart Lolla-Lee-Lou comes flapping on by, waving that "fancy" tail around so everyone can see.
How dare she be so beautiful? Two feathers?!
In order to get us through Gertrude's jealous behavior, Seuss relies on a sing-songy rhythm and a consistent rhyme scheme, as is the Seussian way.
He's also a big fan of alliteration, especially when it comes to naming that fancy birdie, "Lolla- Lee-Lou." With a name like that, is there any surprise she's all fancy?
Seuss helps us empathize with Gertrude by calling her "poor," as well as by showing her jealousy build over a number of days, rather than giving us just one moment of, "I don't THINK so."
All of these things together add up into something all of us, especially kids, can empathize with. Because it's not fair when someone has two things when you only have one. Kids know it, because they deal with it twelve times a day in the playroom.