The Sneetches and Other Stories: Read & Listen Edition [NOOK Book]

Overview

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-have for every library. Full of Dr. Seuss’s signature rhymes and ...
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Overview

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-have for every library. Full of Dr. Seuss’s signature rhymes and unmistakable characters, it’s perfect for new and lifelong Seuss fans.

This Read & Listen edition contains audio narration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385383127
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Sales rank: 79,886
  • File size: 26 MB
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Meet the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel — aka Dr. Seuss — is, quite simply, one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. The forty-four books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    Sneetches: Great fun for 3 year olds with a good message

    I was never aware of this Dr. Seuss book and it is ashame it isn't more popular like some of the others. The Sneetches is a great story of being an outsider/insider and learning to be yourself. The consequences may be out of a 3 year olds range for now, but that can explained. I really enjoyed the meaning of the story. The other stories are quite fun. There is one about green pants and my daughter just laughed and laughed at this story. It was so much fun and I recommend it for the lesson and just the absurdity of pants walking around by itself. My daughter and I had great fun reading this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    The best of all the Dr. Seuss books!

    You'll remember this story for years. It is the perfect tale of what it means to belong and what we're willing to do in order to be an insider.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I liked the Sneetches by Dr. Seuss this book is about funny

    I liked the Sneetches by Dr. Seuss this book is about funny stuff and it is so very funny. It makes me laugh and I love it so much. He makes up funny rhyming words. My favorite part of the book is when the Sneetches got mad because they have stars and that is funny. I would wnite this book because people will love it. By GT (grade 1)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    A fascinating children's story about the meaninglessness in smal

    A fascinating children's story about the meaninglessness in small differences of appearance and character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Worth EVERY cent...you should run out & buy this book! :)

    My son LOVES this book! He's 5yr old but we've been reading Dr. Seuss to him as far back as we can remember. This book along w/99% of Dr. Seuss's other books are so amazing & classic! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

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    Great Classic

    Teaching ESL, I often run into difficulty finding stories that are appropriate for high school aged students, but are easy to understand. Dr. Seuss stories are always a hit with these students. You can discuss the difference in the way you read between something like this and, for example, the school newspaper. They pick up vocabulary and even some grammar and enjoy the story lines.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

    My Favorite Dr. Seuss Book

    All of the stories in this book are fabulous, but The Sneetches is my all time favorite Dr. Seuss story. This story has wonderful illustrations and examines prejudice in a way that children can grasp and adults can appreciate. It is a fun story and there are no pieces of the lesson to be learned that are inappropriate for the youngest children who experience this book. There are the usual crazy contraptions and Seussisms that you can find in all of his books. It is filled with rhymes and imagination. I bought this book to read to four year olds. They understood the concepts. My own seven year old still enjoys the book and we still read it at least once a a month.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    Who hasn't wanted to be a Star Bellied Sneetch??

    The star bellied sneetch is an excellent story about understanding personal worth and the worth of people as individuals. An excellent way to introduce a concept that will confront children their entire life. Oh, to be an individual ...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    Instant hit!

    I remember loving The Sneetches as a child and our son (3 years) has been picking this book out every night for bedtime. There are such great interpersonal/citizenship lessons woven into these stories. All 4 stories are brilliantly written and sweet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

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    Dr. Seuss does it again!

    The lessons learned in the Dr. Seuss books are extremely well presented. My grand daughter wants one story read to her every night before bed time. One of my drama classes chose "Green Eggs and Ham" to dramatize, create props, and present to the kindergarten and first grade classes in our area. This was such a hit and great choice for the audience as they were totally mesmerized by the presentation. Dr. Seuss is always a good choice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2006

    The Sneetches With The Daves And Green Pants

    When I read the first part of the book I Thought It Was A 'Earning Money Book' but it wasn't. A few days later I went to Kohl's and they had a sneech plush doll. I bought one and the book. The shortest story in the book i think might have been The part with the '500 Daves' I can remember one particular one who was named Oliver Boliver Butt. The last story got me it was the spooky pants. Wow that was a little wierd but over all the book was a great book. Sneeches with stars on thier bellies and some with out. I felt sorry for the sneetches without stars. they were the un noticed sneetches. My favorite part of the book though is the Sneetches.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Humorous Humanity

    Satire with satisfying endings, illustrates some of those common human shortcomings that often make us quite shortsighted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    Teacher approves!

    I read a Dr Seuss story to my first grade class on Thursday afternoons! They loved this one so much I had to read it twice and again on Friday! I recomend this be read to young children. It is a great example during conflict resolution!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    awesome book

    The Sneetches is one of the best books I have ever read! It is one of my favorites I even have it on video I used to watch it like everyday this book to me is outstanding just the making was genious I love this book to some people I know they love it personally I am giving this book 5 stars who's with me !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    An uncomparable story

    The best of the best. I congradulate the author and anyone who reads this masterpiece..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    This book was great

    The book was great because it was cute. I thought it was excellent and i am 12 years old I also really like the author Dr. Seuss

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    stars upon thars

    this is a great book about the flock mentality of humanity. Every child should have the opportunity to read this great book and to know that in God's eye we all have 'stars upon thars'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    This was probably my favorite, besides There's a Wocket in my Po

    This was probably my favorite, besides There's a Wocket in my Pocket. I've really enjoyed reading these books growing up and glad that this one was actually on Nook, yay! :) It teaches a very good lesson on how to treat people who are different.

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    Posted June 27, 2009

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