Dr. Seuss the revolutionary! Man Yertle the Turtle
's some good stuff. I'll let the master tell his own story beginning from the point where Yertle threatens to stack thousands of turtles one on top of the other so that, from atop the stack, he can become king of everything he surveys:
But, as Yertle, the Turtle King, lifted his hand
And started to order and give the command,
That plain little turtle below in the stack,
That plain little turtle whose name was just Mack,
Decided he’d taken enough. And he had.
And that plain little lad got a bit mad.
And that plain little Mack did a plain little thing.
And his burp shook the throne of the king!
And Yertle the Turtle, the king of the trees,
The king of the air and the birds and the bees,
The king of a house and a cow and a mule…
Well, that was the end of the Turtle King’s rule!
For Yertle, the King of all Sala-ma-Sond,
Fell off his high throne and fell Plunk! in the pond!
And today the great Yertle, that Marvelous he,
Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.
And the turtles, of course… all the turtles are free
As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.
A king's tyrannical actions lead to stress-induced indigestion and angst among the lowest on the societal totem pole. And poof! The king topples from his throne. Dr. Seuss has given us a catchily-rhymed parable about the power of democracy from below. And I wasn't the only one who liked it. Unlike our bedtime read of the too-long [b:The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins|7781|The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins|Dr. Seuss|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358133114s/7781.jpg|1088828] which touched on similar themes, Sigourney asked for numerous repeat tellings of Yertle
. It's a good picture book that appeals to adults (well, this adult) and children alike. An easy five star rating.