The Sneetches and Other Stories Hardcover – Aug 12 1961
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"Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches / Had bellies with stars. / The Plain-Belly Sneetches / Had none upon thars." This collection of four of Dr. Seuss's most winning stories begins with that unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, bamboozled by one Sylvester McMonkey McBean ("the Fix-it-up Chappie"), who teaches them that pointless prejudice can be costly. Following the Sneetches, a South-Going Zax and a North-Going Zax seem determined to butt heads on the prairie of Prax. Then there's the tongue-twisting story of Mrs. McCave--you know, the one who had 23 sons and named them all Dave. (She realizes that she'd be far less confused had she given them different names, like Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face or Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate.) A slightly spooky adventure involving a pair of haunted trousers--"What was I scared of?"--closes out the collection. Sneetches and Other Stories is Seuss at his best, with distinctively wacky illustrations and ingeniously weird prose. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.
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If you are not a racist, you should buy this book. It will simplify racists to the point that you will give a hardy chuckle -- and wish that the good old doctor could have lived forever . . . .
The first, and most well known of the book, is the Sneetches. It is a story of a society of haves and have-nots (imagine that!), in which access to the goodies of life are determined by whether or not you have a star on your belly. Read into it what you will. Whatever you make of it, it is certainly a commentary on racial, gender, or any number of other social categories! The story's strength is that it shows just how arbitrary and constructed these categories are. Features -- such as a star, but also skin color, gendered attributes, etc etc -- can be used to define people as dominant and powerful, or repressed and marginalized. What is at issue is not which characteristics are used to delineate people into specific social categories or identities, but how people marginalize others by playing up those definitions...
The Zax is a cute little story, which teaches us that compromise is quite important. Too many Daves is equally short and cute, although its meaning is less obvious. I see it as a cry for individualism. Could just be a cute story...
Finally, "What was I Scared Of?" is another really good story with a social meaning -- again read into it as you will. In this story, there is a pair of pale green pants which has no one inside of it. The main character is afraid of them, but only because he never bothered to find out about them... what they were about. In fact, the empty green pants are just as afraid of him as he is of them! When they both realize they are pretty much the same, once you stood face to face with the other.
Five Stars I do give it! Five Stars Upon Thars!
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My four year old daughter loves this book. The story of the Sneetches trying to be part of the in group is something she can relate to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pareidoliax
Every child should read or be read The Sneetches as early on as is possible.Published 5 months ago by Richard Fitzwell
This is a really funny storey with a good morale. My grandaughter likes to have it read over and over.Published on June 11 2013 by Jackie Reid
I obviously don't HAVE to write a review about any Dr.Seuss books but it's amazing how they bring back memories. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2011 by MikelinMaddie
I loved this book, it relates so much to the prejudice crimes of todays society. I bet a million bucks that that is how Seuss got his inspiration to write thsi wonderful childrens... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Robert Martinez
This is definitely one of my favorite books! It's a classic, for young and old alike. I've read it countless times, it just keeps getting better. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Kristen Kopp
My grandma used to read this book to my sister and I and our cousins all the time. I'm buying it for my kids. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by A. Leith
I personally feel that lyrical poetry is a wonderful tool to help children learn to read. It helps them to feel the rhythms of the English language, they can anticipate what will... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by T. Hall
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