The Sneetches and Other Stories
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The Sneetches and Other Stories

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  38,869 ratings  ·  571 reviews
Dr. Seuss creates another timeless picture-book classic with The Sneetches and Other Stories. Are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? This delightful book contains four tales with deliciously subtle takes on how silly it is to be, well, silly. “The Sneetches,” “The Zax,” “Too Many Daves,” and “What Was I Scared Of?” make this energetic compilation a must-hav...more
Hardcover, 65 pages
Published August 12th 1961 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1961)
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Doug
Dec 07, 2007 Doug rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Humans
Why 5 stars? Why rate a children's book? Because there is still prejudice in the world, that's why. If we got the world leaders together, and brainwashed them with this book, war would disappear. Segregation, discrimination, prejudice, sophistry, bias and artificial prominance would go away. In his unique way, Theodore Giesel points out the folly of judging anybody by physical characteristics, or any other inaccurate method.

Lessons learned from this book:

Whether we have stars or not, no matter t...more
Ronyell
Jan 15, 2012 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: Readers Against Prejudice and Racism Club
I was reading this book for the Readers Against Prejudice and Racism Club and it was fantastic!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

I have been reading many of Dr. Seuss’ books ever since I was a child, but out of all the books I have read from him, this book was the most effective book I have ever read! “The Sneetches and Other Stories” is a short collection of stories by Dr. Seuss where each of them detailed how to accept other people for who they are. “The Sneetches and Other Stories” is a...more
Julie (Mom2lnb)
Dec 14, 2012 Julie (Mom2lnb) rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Fun Children's Books w/an Underlying Message
Recommended to Julie (Mom2lnb) by: Readers Against Prejudice & Racism
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I've been a huge fan of Dr. Seuss since I was a child, but until I read The Lorax for the first time a few years ago, I had never realized that he was an author with the heart of an activist. Much like The Lorax, The Sneetches and Other Stories tackles mature themes in a non-threatening, even humorous, way that kids can understand. All four stories in the book have the underlying message of tolerance, acceptance and compromise with those who are different from us or with...more
Kathy Davie
This is a collection of four stories about silly superiorities, too stubborn for your own good, being lazy and not thinking ahead, and confronting your fears.

The Story
The Sneetches are divided. Some have green stars for belly buttons while others do not. Naturally, the Star-Belly Sneetches are far superior to the Plain-Belly Sneetches…until…one day…an enterprising Sneetch comes along and offers to help the Plain-Belly Sneetches by giving them stars on their bellies. Well, this just won't do. Ho...more
Brad
The Sneetches is my absolute favourite Seuss story. The rhythm trumps all other Seuss stories, and when I am reading this out loud to my kids I joyfully shift from Star-belly Sneetch voices to Plain-belly Sneetch voices to Sylvester McMonkey McBean's voice without even a hint of having to think about the shift. Seuss's rhythm invites that. I can speed up to warp, I can slow down and leave an octo-pregnant pause, and still the rhythm is flawless. Plus, the story's pretty meaningful too. This is t...more
Missy
This is my favorite book to read to my kids. It has "Sneetches" that teaches that "No kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches." Then there's "The Zax" that teaches us how unproductive it is to never compromise. "Too Many Daves" - Scott and I talked about this one last night and how it is a fun little story, but doesn't have and underlying message. Then we decided that it does have a message. It's about making all of your kids feel special and letting them be different. Then there is "What Was...more
Skylar Burris
"The Sneetches" teaches the positive virtue of tolerance in a way that doesn't make me want to stick my fingers down my throat, and given the state of most of today's overly didactic, moralistic children's literature, that's a real accomplishment.

And it rhymes.

And my daughter absolutely loves it.
Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 21, 2009 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Cindy by: my mom
SUMMARY
This collection of short stories touches on themes like the value of diversity, the get-nowhere-fast of stalemates, the value of individuality, and confronting fears. There are two kinds of Sneetches in The Sneetches: those who have stars on their bellies, and those who do not. When a man comes along with a star-on / star-off machine, the Sneetches get all mixed up and the resolution is that all sneetches are equal. In The Zax, two Zaxes (a north-going one and a south-going one) meet, and...more
Luann
I had read "The Sneetches" before, but not the other stories in this book. Clearly the Sneetches are the star here. (Ha! The pun was unintentional, but it did make me laugh when I noticed it.) The Sneetches is one of the Dr. Seuss stories I've used as a readers' theater for my library classes. I really like the lesson it teaches. The other stories are strange, end abruptly, and are not memorable at all - except maybe "What was I scared of?" which I think could have been the inspiration for The L...more
Tanvir Haque
This book is appropriate for EYFS and Years 1 & 2; that is to say children aged 3-7. Wow! This is a great book of children’s literature. Having been my first book of Dr. Seuss, I didn’t know quite what to expect. Now I see what all the fuss is about! Simply a great piece of children’s fiction with a nice moral at the ending, The Sneetches is about a race of strange looking, yellow coloured creatures, with big fat bellies that live near water, on beaches. At the beginning of the story, some o...more
Emma Hart
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Shelley
"The Sneetches" is perhaps my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss story. What a subtle way to teach children that racism and sexism and any of those "isms" are wrong. Dr. Seuss was a genius!

I am also a big fan of "Too Many Daves". It's just too funny!

I have loved these stories (and almost all of Dr. Seuss' books) since I was very small. I remember checking out the maximum number of books allowed - 8 at the time - and all of them were Dr. Seuss books. I was probably 6 or 7 years old at the time. I love...more
Alfreda Morrissey
I love this book. It explores themes of elitism, prejudices, racism. I'm not sure my kids understood the lesson, but we did discuss it. I find most Dr. Suess books a pleasure to read. They are designed to be read aloud, and they always have a beautiful rhythm without compromising the story. I love the rhymes, they just flow off my tongue.

In this story there are sneetches with stars on their belly, and some without. The ones with stars are elite. Another character comes and brings a machine that...more
Julie Sondra Decker
The title story, "The Sneetches," involved star-bellied Sneetches and plain-bellied Sneetches in a divided society with star-bellies on top. When an opportunistic salesman named Sylvester McMonkey McBean appears and begins to apply stars to the bellies of previously plain-bellied Sneetches, the naturally star-bellied Sneetches begin to feel threatened as the privileged class and struggle to change themselves to again be above the others. Despite its simplicity, I thought this was quite a sophist...more
Madeline Isaak
Sneetches: This is a short story about yellow creatures that had two distinct groups: plain belly sneetches and star belly sneetches. Through machines, the sneetches continued to switch from plain to stars only to realize it didn’t really matter. This book teaches children many different lessons. First it teaches students that looks don’t matter. It teaches students that when looking at a person, don’t look at them for their outward appearance, but look at them for what their character represent...more
Jenn
Sam reads this book, on average, twice a week. He loves how entrepreneurial that Sylvester McMonkey McBean is in exploiting those silly Sneetches bigotry. He also likes the ending when the Sneetches learn to be nice to each other.

Sam also likes the story of "Too Many Daves" and often uses the alternate name suggestions for nicknames for his brother. A favorite is Oliver Boliver Butt.
Caty Carino
This is a short story about yellow creatures that had two distinct groups: plain belly sneetches and star belly sneetches. Through machines, the sneetches continued to switch from plain to stars only to realize it didn’t really matter. This book teaches children that looks don’t make anyone else better and everyone is equal. I love this book! It teaches a very important lesson about how everyone is equal. This could go along with so many parts of history such as World War II or the Civil Rights...more
Jessica Navarrete
I enjoyed reading this book during my RDG class. Dr. Seuss was my favorite author growing up and I was reminded of why while the book was being read. His imagination and work of art is very different of other children’s authors. Most of the characters in his stories are a mix of humans and creatures; including The Sneetches. This book teaches a valuable lesson that it doesn’t matter what you look like, everyone is equally important. Thanks to the sneech-star machine they finally learn to come to...more
Anne
Dr. Seuss, you were one crazy man.
First, I'm giving this 4 stars, because my youngest son really likes the story about the Sneeches.
Second, the story about the empty pair of pants that follows that furry little dude around is just weird.
Third, well... I guess there is no third.
Jason
As with a lot of Seuss, the message is delivered with all of the subtlety of a baseball bat to the head. And, like a lot of Seuss's books, it's still relevant over half a century later because people just don't get the message. This applies to both "The Sneetches" and "The Zax".

The other two stories late the social relevance, but are still good. "Too Many Daves" is a silly story about a woman who regrets her lack of originality when it came to naming her 23 sons (they're all named Dave). Though,...more
Dolly
Mar 28, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A classic Dr. Seuss book, including four stories (The Sneetches, The Zax, Too Many Daves and What Was I Scared Of?). All have classic Dr. Seuss rhyming narratives and illustrations and are fun for all ages.
Cameron
I'll never forget when my eleventh grade English instructor whipped out this title to teach us how to find themes in novels. I was fairly speechless as he read to us from the Sneetches.
Laila Haerian
Simple and Beautiful.
Teasing prejudice and stubbornness.
Started reading it to Roxana at her bed time and kept reading it to myself once she went to sleep! :)
Kathryn
Contains my very favorite (since childhood) Dr Seuss story--the story of the pale green pants with nobody inside them! (I also love "The Sneeches.')
Shaurya
there are 4 short stories in this book. one is about money, kids, not being scared.. it is fun reading this book. i like dr, seuss.
Travis
Cute little trio of stories. All of a moral, but the stories are so fun, you don't feel like you got hit over the head with the message.
Sarah
Parents beware of some very unfriendly subject matter in this book, and not in a humorous context. Definitely the darker side of Seuss.
Rachel
Dr. Seuss knew his stuff. I am enjoying his works now as much as I did as a child. Timeless.
Mary
My favorite Dr. Seuss book/series of stories. Pant with nobody inside them is a classic.
Cara Byrne
The Sneetches, like Dr. Seuss's other politically and culturally conscious work, is a playful, yet serious reflection on discrimination, power and exclusivity. The story begins: "Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches / Had bellies with stars. / The Plain-Belly Sneetches / Had none upon thars. / Those stars weren't so big. They were really small / You might think such a thing wouldn't matter at all." .. but the stars did matter and made it easy for some sneetches to exclude others from playing with a bal...more
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto...more
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“I said, "I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them." I said, and said, and said those words. I said them but I lied them. ” 137 likes
“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.” 24 likes
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