Saturday, September 13, 2008

Yertle the Turtle

Author: Dr. Seuss

First line: In the faraway island of Salamasond Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.

Why you should read this book: Seuss's elementary primer on the horrors of fascism and the power of grassroot revolt against tyranny is a taut drama depicting the battle against ego-maniacal power-mongering and the need of turtles--and all creatures--to be free. Children eagerly embrace the thesis of this book and embrace its message of justice and equality for all. Children seem to get it just fine.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Nobody gets a pass on this one. If you don't like this book you're a sociopath.

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