Turtle Tower

Turtle Tower

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Dimensions: Image Size: 20” x 9.5”, Paper Size: 23.5” x 12.5” 

Medium: Lithograph on paper

Edition Size:  1500

Availability:  Sold out at Publisher but still available at Peabody Gallery

Year of Release:  2003

Adapted posthumously from the illustration for the 1958 book, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.

Yertle the Turtle (1958) has a little-known and somewhat surprising origin. In a 1987 interview Dr. Seuss said: “Yertle was Hitler or Mussolini. Originally, Yertle had a moustache, but I took it off. I thought it was gilding the lily a little bit.” Yertle the Turtle delivers a powerful allegory on dictatorship and expansionism, conveying the final message with these words, “And the turtles, of course . . . all the turtles are free as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.” Ted deliberately inserted the word “maybe” because he wanted children to really think about it and say to themselves that there’s no “maybe” about it—all creatures should be free!