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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 it was amazing  ·  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 it was amazing  ·  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 it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Fun Children's Books w/an Underlying Message
Recommended to Julianna by: Readers Against Prejudice & Racism
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
May 06, 2008 Missy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
To make it easier I will rate this book based on the individual stories. I found this to be such a different Dr. Seuss book because while you learn a valuable lesson there was still some messed up things that aren't discussed in this book.

The Sneetches: 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story but the ended was a little bit screwed up in my opinion. I found this story to be remarkable and suggest for every child and adult to read it because Dr. Seuss was smart at addressing discrimination. In this sto
May 22, 2011 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, to-my-kids
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
Tedi Tsopelas
Nov 16, 2015 Tedi Tsopelas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.” The book “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss is about the social dynamics between the two different kinds. When Sylvester McMonkey McBean rides upon the beaches with The Sneetches, he messes with them to make them pay him money for his service. When the Plain-Belly Sneetches became Star-Belly Sneetches and the Star-Belly sneetches became Plain-Belly Sneetches and back and forth, Sylvester McMonkey McBean ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-children
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.
Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 21, 2009 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it really liked it
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
Kathy Davie
Apr 03, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Stories
"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.
Feb 22, 2012 Luann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
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
Jun 10, 2013 Swankivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2012 Tanvir Haque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2013 Emma Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 23, 2010 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Apr 10, 2015 Sonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tutoring-books
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.
Aug 31, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You really can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss, but this is one of the few Seuss books that I can read repeatedly with the same amount of pleasure. In fact, I am often the one requesting it.
Jan 12, 2016 Neda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I guess it would have been better if they had got rid of that old Sylvester together.. I mean he just dashed off with all their money & then they became friends!
Mar 03, 2015 Celeste rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gayle Gordon
Mar 31, 2016 Gayle Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Theodore Geisel was known for his criticism of Hitler and the Nazis, drawing political cartoons depicting the evil regime and the failure of the rest of the world to stop them. In one example, the American eagle sits in the second to last tree in the forest, the other trees labelled Czechoslovakia, Norway, France, Holland, Poland, and Greece already having been chopped down. An unattractive bird with Hitler’s hair and emblazoned with the swastika is chopping down the England tree, while the eagl ...more
Candace Nelson
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss tells the story of two mythical creatures called Sneetches, who are segregated by a star on their belly. Those with the stars on their bellies feel superior to the sneetches without the stars. Given this prejudice the Plain Belly Sneetches are depressed and avoid the Star-Bellies out of embarrassment. Until one day when Sylvester McMonkey McBean creates a Star-On and Star Off Machine, which has the ability to place and remove stars from the Sneetche’s belly. Excited to ...more
Collin Powell
The Sneetches is a picture book by Dr. Seuss. This story starts off with these birds called Sneetches, which half of them have stars on their bellies and the other half doesn't have anything on their bellies. The ones with stars on their bellies felt like they were more important then the ones with out. One day McBean brought this machine that gave the Sneetches with nothing on their bellies stars. The original sneetches with stars were very angry about how you couldn't tell who was who. So then ...more
Danielle Bartelmay
The Sneetches is a story about Sneetches who have stars on their bellies that discriminate against Sneetches who do not have stars. A salesman comes to town with a machine that will add stars to the bellies of Sneetches who do not have them. The Sneetches that had stars feel their specialness is being threatened so they go into a machine to remove their stars so they can be different again. In the end, all of the Sneetches learn they are the same and should all be included in all activities. Thi ...more
Autumn Shibley
Oct 23, 2015 Autumn Shibley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book the Sneetches is a children’s book written by Theodore “Dr. Suess” Diesel, a man famous for his disguised meaning through children's books, that has a deeper hidden meaning. In this allegory the Sneetches are segregated, the sneetches with stars (aka Whites) believe they are of a higher social ranking and class than bare bellied sneetches (aka African Americans). During this time period African Americans were looked at as lower class or slaves and laborers who could not be a part of the ...more
Brett Sparks
Oct 22, 2015 Brett Sparks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sneetches are a group of fantastical creatures where some have stars on their stomachs and some have nothing on their stomachs. The group with stars look down upon those who don't but when a business man come along with a machine that gives and takes away stars the sneetches become confused on who had a star and who didn't and they saw that in the end it didn't really matter. The story effectively used its elements to show itself as an allegory with its moral being given in an entertaining w ...more
Oct 22, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have many warm hearted memories of Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches from my childhood, but after many years cracking it open once again for a class project has caused me to rethink Dr. Seuss's true intentions. I remember this book as light hearted and sweet what I hadn't realized was within this story Dr. Seuss took a stance for acceptance.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of reading The Sneetches it's about a race of bird people who are almost all the same except for a star on a select few of t
Mar 28, 2015 Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2015 Kally Nord rated it it was amazing
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
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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.” 28 likes
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