The Sneetches and Other Stories

stubborn confrontationAges 4-10

Seuss stories with lessons

The book contains four stories, starting with

The Sneetches

Since you may not be up on your Seussian zoology, I'll tell you....

Sneetches live on beaches. You've got your Star-Bellied Sneetches, and you've got your Plain-Bellied Sneetches. Not only that...

But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches
Would brag, "We're the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches."
With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they'd snort
"We'll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!"
And whenever they met some, when they were out walking,
They'd hike right on past them without even talking.

Now you might think this is an allegory about race and discrimination, and you could find many people who agree. (And teacher lesson plans that teach it as such.)

I can't prove that it's not. But I do believe that a better case can be made that it's about fashion, about materialism, about having and having not.

You see, the Plain-Bellied Sneetches are pretty sad about their lack of inclusion. Discrimination, right? But then, along comes Sylvester McMonkey McBean, a man with a "very peculiar machine."

cropped, colors changedHis machine puts stars on Plain-Bellies.

When the Plain-Belly Sneetches popped out,
They had stars!
They actually did.
They had stars upon thars.

(Thars = "their bellies")

Hmm. Con man McBean is no humanitarian though, charging three dollars a star. Still, the Plain-Bellies are thrilled with their new tattoos.

(Seuss doesn't call them tattoos, but to make the story extra relevant for modern readers, let's think of them that way!)

The Star-Bellies aren't thrilled. But McBean has a machine for them, too. For ten bucks, they can have their stars removed. Because, don't you know, Black is the new White. I mean, Plain is the new Star.

(I mean, No Tattoos is the new Tattoo.)

McBean keeps running paying Sneetches through machines until he's robbed the whole race of their wealth, as well as any sense of their previous identities. Like those Whos down in Whoville though, the Sneetches are richer for all they've lost.

I'm quite happy to say
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day,
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars
And whether they had one, or not, upon thars.

A story about the right genes...or the right jeans? I'll let you decide. Frankly, The Sneetches works brilliantly either way.


Random House The Sneetches and Other Stories
Book (Random House)
  • Hard cover
  • Bedtime story
  • English Language
  • Acid Free text block

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By the word limit early on as well, so I understand completely.
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  • Avatar k332 Where can I read Dr. Seuss books online?
    Oct 05, 2009 by k332 | Posted in Books & Authors

    I need a copy of The Cat in the Hat but I can't find it anywhere online. Help! Thanks.

    • You can buy it easily through this safe link (use high broadband if you have it) and follow the easy route to "Books" and click on that... You'll see a list of titles then and click on The Cat in the Hat to buy …anch of the public library and ask for the children's reference librarian. Ask him or her if they have this ready for download against your library card. Many libraries do this now. Mine doesn't, so I'm not sure of cost.