‘I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights’

Above is an incomplete sentence that has been banned by a Canadian school to protect children from ‘political messaging’. It is from one of Dr. Seuss series of books first published in the 50s but now it has been ‘reviewed’ in the context of a prolonged strike action by BC teachers, and perhaps the Occupy movement. O hillarity!

At Uddari, we would also recommend the following sentence:
DISPLAY DR SEUSS’s SENTENCE (in its incompletion) IN ALL CLASSROOMS ACROSS CANADA. Her’s an incarnation by TRAP, The Real Art of Protest.

by Jill Pantozzi

We’ve all heard of books being banned before, and as ridiculous as we may sometimes find the titles on those lists, none may be more ridiculous than this one. A school in Canada has chosen to ban Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle for being subversive to children. I do not like this one bit, in fact, it has me in a snit. (Don’t worry, that was my one and only attempt at rhyming in this article.)

Read on…



9 comments on “‘I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights’

  1. Uddari says:

    For sure.
    Thanks for the article.


  2. Hello, I am the author of the original post on The Mary Sue. We would appreciate it if you did not copy and paste the entirety of our article on your website. Could you edit this post to perhaps just include the first paragraph of our story and then link back to us? Thank you.


  3. Cassie says:

    This is insane. I want to put the sentence in my classroom and I’m in America – just to support!


  4. Uddari says:

    Way to go, Cathy.


  5. I ended up blogging a full post and then just linked to you because there was something I wanted to say. But credit has been given where due ;) Thanks for the amazing post and glad to share it with others.


  6. Cathy Givans says:

    […] schools in Canada banned Yertle the Turtle. Why? Because of political issues. The phrase responsible for stirring up such […]


  7. Uddari says:

    Great, thanks.


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