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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  46,462 ratings  ·  660 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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I tried to bake a fabulous cake like this in order to celebrate . . .

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but ended up with a bit of a wreck . . .

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We’re all supposed to be reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go! today too, but Anne pretty much wrote the best review ever for that one, so I’m eating a birthday donut in lieu of cake and reviewing my favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches, instead.

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In a world where bullying happens nearly upon birth, this is a s
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
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!

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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
Dec 14, 2012 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Fun Children's Books w/an Underlying Message
Recommended to Julianna 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
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
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
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
While very short, I really liked The Zax. Do we ever get to set in our ways/ideas/opinions that we refuse to make adjustments? Do we ever refuse to bend out of stubbornness or to "show them what I made of"? It seems like this happens in politics a party takes an absolute stand on an issue, the other party takes the opposite stand...and both refuse to budge or even attempt to make concessions or see eye to eye...thereby hindering progress. (I do not wish to turn this into a political di ...more
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.
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
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
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
Loved this as a kid--another one of Seuss's stories in which the moral is obvious but the storytelling has character and nuance. In "The Sneetches," some Sneetches naturally have stars on their bellies and others are born without them, which causes the star-bellied Sneetches to discriminate against the plain-bellied Sneetches. What's interesting is a scoundrel named Sylvester McMonkey McBean rolls into town and offers plain-bellied Sneetches a chance to get stars put on themselves, which of cour ...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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"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
I enjoyed this Dr. Seuss story. All my tutoring kids knew the story except me and the. We read it. I must say I enjoyed this story. It's one of those timeless stories that teach kids we are not that different from each other no matter of our background. I really enjoyed this story, it's one of my top favorite Dr. Seuss stories.
I like this book it has several good stories in it and they are all fun to read. I think my favorite story in here is the one about Mrs. Mc cave and her 23 sons. It is a funny book with silly names that are fun to read over and over.
Dr. Seuss is an amazing author whose books have stood as classics for years. His fun wording and engaging illustrations delight readers both young and old, and this is very much manifest in his book The Sneetches and Other Stories. It contains The Sneetches, The Zax, Too Many Daves, and What was I Scared Of?. Each story has its own unique flavor and purpose. The Sneetches is about two groups of sneetches who live on some beaches. One group has stars on their bellies, and they believe that this ...more
Kally Nord
There are two different kinds of Sneetches that live on the beaches – Star-Belly Sneetches and Plain-Belly Sneetches. The Star-Belly Sneetches think that they are better than the Plain-Belly Sneetches, and treat them very poorly. The Plain-Belly Sneetches are ignored by the Star-Belly Sneetches, and excluded from all of their fun activities. One day, Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes to the beaches, with a machine that will put Stars on the bellies of the Plain-Belly Sneetches so the Star-Bellied ...more
Katie Coleman
Summary: There were once two types of Sneetches: those with stars on their bellies, and those without. The ones with stars on their bellies got to have parties and be together on the best beaches, while those without stars just had to stand back watch. In fact, none of the Sneetches without stars could do anything the Sneetches with stars could. Until one day, Sylvester McMoney McBean showed up with this amazing machine that could give the Sneetches without stars, stars! So they paid him to do s ...more
While I do often review the longer young adult books that I read with my older son (e.g., Roald Dahl stories, Harry Potter books, Oz stories, etc.), I very rarely write reviews of the children's books that I read with my younger (now 4-year old) son. But I make an exception for this one, really four stories by that marvelous writer of children's stories, Dr. Seuss, for a few reasons, namely that this is not just one story but a collection of stories in rhyme ("The Sneetches," "Too Many Daves," " ...more
Martiah Rall
The Sneetches and Other Stories was written by Dr. Seuss and was published in 1961. The book goes through four different stories. The first is The Sneetches about one group of people being better than another until someone comes into town to show them they are all equal. The next is The Zax, which is about a couple of Zax’s who are going in opposite directions and both refuse to move out of the way when they reach each other. The third is Too Many Daves about a mother who named all twenty-three ...more
Mayleen Ya
I would have never stumble upon this book if my art history professor didn't mention it. This book pointed right on the mark of what our society honestly is. I never could have imagined Dr. Seuss would portray this important message in childrens book. My professor practicaly preaches about how america is truthfully like in reality while almost every citizen is ignorant of this truth. He says a very important thing about how kids, students, adults need to stop worrying about their score on a test ...more
April Fusilier
I have read “The Sneetches” so many times to so many children and this story never looses its charm. Children really comprehend the message of exclusion based on a silly reason very well. This story teaches the ridiculous nature of prejudice in a way children can comprehend. Hus, it can illicit very good discussions about fairness and bullying. Children don’t like the unfair treatment of the Sneetches and they think they go on to think that the man who tricks them into giving them all their mone ...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
Julie 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
The Sneetches and Other Stories is a book full of four of Dr. Seuss’s wacky and fun poetry stories for children. What’s not to love? I was thrilled to come across several Dr. Seuss stories I had never read before, and I found them just as funny now as I would have as a child. Aside from the fun of jumping into Dr. Seuss’s crazy world while reading these books, they all offer an important message to children.
The Sneetches are strange beach characters, some of which have stars on their stomachs a
There are a whole string of life lessons to be learned from this small collection. These are a few of my first impressions, but it would be interesting to see what children make of the stories the first time they hear them.

Sneetches - The Sneetches went out of their way to find a way to tell different "groups" of people apart. They kept trying to segregate themselves based on appearances. Everyone in the end should stop putting so much emphasis on outward appearances and make decisions based o
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
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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. ” 147 likes
“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.” 29 likes
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