08/01/2008
Random House Publishes 50th Anniversary Edition and a Party Edition to Honor Dr. Seuss’s Classic Collection of Stories

 

CELEBRATE FIFTY YEARS OF
YERTLE THE TURTLE AND OTHER STORIES

 

To celebrate fifty years of Dr. Seuss’s Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Random House Children’s Books will publish an Anniversary Retrospective Edition(On sale September 23, 2008 / $24.99) and a Party Edition (On sale September 23, 2008 / $14.95). Since its original publication in 1958, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories has sold more than half a million copies. This is the second Anniversary Retrospective Edition that Random House has published to celebrate fifty years of a Dr. Seuss classic. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 50th-Anniversary Retrospectivewas published in September 2007.

WHY DID DR. SEUSS COMPILE THREE PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN WORKS?
In 1957, following the success of The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dr. Seuss began a movement to bring reading to the very youngest of children. To do this, he revisited and simplified earlier works. In Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958), Dr. Seuss compiled three stories that he had previously written for periodicals: Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag. He revised their catchy rhymes and simple images to help kids make a connection between what they were seeing on the page and hearing when the stories were read aloud. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories reflects Dr. Seuss’s ongoing commitment to improving literacy in America, and his ingenious way of making the process of learning to read fun and easy.

The 50th-Anniversary Retrospective Edition includes:

  • The full text and illustrations of Dr. Seuss’s original book.
  • 32 pages of commentary and archival images written and collected by Dr. Charles D. Cohen, the world’s foremost Seuss scholar and collector and author of The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel.
  • Two rarely seen Seuss stories, together for the first time: “The Ruckus,” about a bird who likes to hear himself talk but has nothing to say; and “The Kindly Snather,” a cautionary tale that points to the perils of greed and sloth.

 

In Charles D. Cohen’s lively and fact-based commentary, readers will discover:

  • The origin, evolution, and impact of the characters and tales collected in Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.
  • That the tales told in Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories are thematically linked—each examines the vanity, conceit, greed, and hubris of their characters.
  • How the name “Dr. Seuss” came to be (and how it was linked to Ted Geisel’s affinity for turtles).
  • How Yertle the Turtle has made his way into the popular culture scene—in songs, on TV shows, inspiring furniture, games, and more.
  • Insights into Dr. Seuss’s experience as a political cartoonist and the concept of “Should”-ness in his writing.

 

In addition to the 50th-Anniversary Retrospective, Random House is offering, for a limited time, a collectible foil-covered Party Edition of Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.

ABOUT CHARLES D. COHEN
When not searching the Web for anything and everything Seuss, author/collector extraordinaire Charles D. Cohen is apt to be searching a wide-open mouth for cavities. A graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, he has been a dentist for more than sixteen years.

Dr. Cohen’s interest in Dr. Seuss began when he was a child, and continued in college when he started purchasing early editions of Seuss books. The first piece of Seuss memorabilia he acquired was the board game, The Game of Yertle. Today, Dr. Cohen’s trove of Seussiana is likely the most comprehensive in the world. It is his hope to create a Dr. Seuss museum to house and protect the pieces for posterity. Cohen resides in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. The 44 books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into 30 languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of honors includes the Pulitzer Prize and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit www.seussville.com.

Random House Books for Young Readers is an imprint of the Random House Children’s Books division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG. Visit us on the Web at www.randomhouse.com/kids.

Random House Books for Young Readers is an imprint of the Random House Children’s Books division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG. Visit us on the Web at www.randomhouse.com/kids.