Gertrude McFuzz

by Dr. Seuss

Gertrude McFuzz is a character from the Dr. Seuss Books. She is from Gertrude McFuzz, and Seussical the Musical. She was a girl-bird that had one feather. She ate pill-berries that her uncle, Doctor Dake told her of. In the book, she eats a vine of unnamed berries that have the same effects.

Miss Gertrude McFuzz is a fictitious character in: Dr. Seuss’s homonymous short story Miss Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories and the Broadway musical Seussical, which elaborates upon her story. She is one of the main female roles along with Mayzie and Mrs. Mayor. In ‘Seussical the Musical’, Gertrude McFuzz is an awkward, determined little bird with a one-feather tail, of which she is very ashamed. She falls for Horton the Elephant, but Horton does not notice her as he is busy finding the Whos. Gertrude thinks Horton does not notice her due to her small tail, so she takes advice from Mayzie and takes pills, causing her tail to grow. Horton still does not notice her and Gertrude finally comes to realize that beauty is not everything.

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