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4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  53,182 Ratings  ·  759 Reviews
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 ...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!

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
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
Liza Fireman
Sep 25, 2016 Liza Fireman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend to everybody, to once in a while read a Dr. Seuss book (no matter what your age is). It is just pure genius. All of these ideas, not only funny but touching important topics masked as a kids book. This book has stories about prejudices and races, unnecessary stubbornness, and fear from the foreign.

The Sneetches tell us the tale of two different cultures/races. The Plain-Belly Sneetches and the Star-Belly Sneetches. Those two do not mix together, they keep apart (and the Star-
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
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
Jul 05, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Seuss is at his best with these four zany stories, 'The Sneetches', 'The Zax', 'Too Many Daves' and 'What was I Scared of?'

To begin with the Sneetches came in two varieties, Star-Bellied Sneetches and Plain-Bellied Sneetches. The former thought themselves better than the latter and they would often brag about what they could do and they felt it beneath them to speak to the Plain-Bellies when out walking. In addition, whenever a game was organised the Plain-Bellies were not allowed to play.

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
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.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
This book is one of the first books that I understood had a message behind the story. As such it will always hold a special place on my life long bookshelf.
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
Emma Hart
Sep 21, 2013 Emma Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
Michael Hitchcock
Jan 10, 2017 Michael Hitchcock rated it really liked it
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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.
A pair of pale green pants with no one inside them!!! I have to admit that when I was little this book used to creep me the point where I actually had nightmares!!!! My kids however find this story hilarious and that is why it is one of our favorite stories!!!

The Sneetches tells an amazing story of it's always best to be just who you are!!!!
Nov 07, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Skylar Burris
Dec 29, 2007 Skylar Burris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
"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.
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.
Mar 28, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jan 17, 2008 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
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.
Feb 02, 2012 Shaurya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 20, 2007 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Parents beware of some very unfriendly subject matter in this book, and not in a humorous context. Definitely the darker side of Seuss.
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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. ” 149 likes
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