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The Sneetches and Other Stories Hardcover – Aug 12 1961

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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (Aug. 12 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800899
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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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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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This Dr. Seuss offering I read to my own children 25 yrs. ago, and now my grandchildren are enjoying this book, as well. These stories are less non-sensical, yet convey a message in a whimsical way. Our kids ESPECIALLY like the pale green pants story, and when my 7 yr. old granddaughter read it to ME the other night, I could say it right along with her......I've read it so many times, I know it by heart!! I highly recommend this particular Dr. Seuss book.
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If you are a racist, umm, I mean Star Belly Sneetch, you should buy and read this book. It will simplify your ignorance to the point where even you might be able to understand the implications of your own racism.
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 . . . .
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This was one of my favorite books when I was a child. I ordered it a couple months ago, since I remembered how much I had loved it. I laughed so hard I cried, through almost the whole book! It's amazing to me that this man could have come up with the important lessons that he did, and get them across in such funny ways and while making the fantastic rhymes that he did! The book amazed me as I was laughing and crying! The story of the Sneetches that thought they were better than everyone else getting their comeuppance had me in stitches. The northgoing and southgoing zax with their lesson on stubbornness and "I won't budge" made me think that everyone in my whole family (up,down and sideways) must have read this story and instead of learning NOT to be stubborn, used the zaxes as their heros in learning TO be stubborn (don't budge EVEN if they build the highway over you)!!!! And the guy being scared of the pants with nobody in them, and it turns out the pants were depressed and scared too!!! It shows that others have the same feelings you do (even if the "others" are strange personless pants)!!! These lessons are SO good and useful for everyone . . . (Okay! So I didn't understand the lesson in the 23 Daves!) This book, to me, is pure genius. It is as timely today as when it was written in 1961.
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My son calls them "Monster Pants." I call them a literary gift to share with him. This collection of stories is my favorite sampling of Suess for many reasons. While stories like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" or "The Lorax" may be more entertaining, the four short stories here are just the right length to captivate younger readers like my two and a half year-old son. I think the writing is some of Dr. Suess's best. It has none of the forced rhyming found in some of his earlier works. The stories all have a message or lesson to be learned, yet they are not of the blatant "hit you over the head" type as found in "The Bitter Butter Battle Book" or "The Lorax." My only complaint is that the last story. "What Was I Scared Of?," is printed in black text on a dark background and is hard to read under the dim lighting we usually have when I put my son to bed. Fortunately the story is easy and enjoyable enough to memorize with only a couple of readings and now I don't even need to have the lights on to tell my son about "a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them."
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Although best loved for children's literature, it is often noted that Dr. Seuss wrote about social issues. This is one of his best, but least cited, examples. This book is a collection of 4 shorter-than-usual Dr. Seuss stories, but ones with quite significant social meaning.
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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