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The cover of Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

by Amanda Ellsworth, Staff Writer

Published in 1985 by Random House, Seuss’s “Yertle the Turtle” had a deeper meaning than what seemed to be only a children’s book. It is a story of a turtle named Yertle who lived in a swamp with other turtles, who wants to be superior to the land around him. He demands the surrounding turtles to stand on each other back while he sits at the very top where he may reign his authority on the others. The other turtles under him represent the Germans and Yertle obviously represents Hitler, who was a power-hungry leader who stepped on many to rise to the top. Many if not all of Seuss’s books contain a political message that can only be understood with an in-depth analysis.