The Sneetches and Other Stories

The Sneetches and Other Stories

by Dr. Seuss

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ISBN-13: 9780007158508
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Pages: 65
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The 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.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California

Education:

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MindyFL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
A fascinating children's story about the meaninglessness in small differences of appearance and character.
For2unekukie More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ABW12 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Satire with satisfying endings, illustrates some of those common human shortcomings that often make us quite shortsighted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of the best. I congradulate the author and anyone who reads this masterpiece..
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'
allawishus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Admission: I was scared of Dr. Suess books when I was a little kid. I think it had something to do with the hairy, anthropomorphic, bird-like creatures that served as a variety of different Seussian characters including the Sneetches. (Okay, so I was kind of a wimp as a little kid.)That said, I don't have a great deal of attachment to Dr. Seuss books, so I don't always understand the nostalgic love that a lot of people who grew up reading his books have.However, his stories almost always have an interesting message, very interesting (if sometimes frightening, ha ha) illustrations, and are generally great read-alouds due to their rhyme and meter. One thing that struck me as I read this title was the sheer scope of his imagination and how great it was that so many kids read and love him; hopefully his imagination spurs kids to more imaginative creativity. Something like that book "Not a Box" by Antoinette Portis: kids have so much more scope for the non-literal and Dr. Seuss really tapped into something that spoke to that with his books.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not all of the stories in this book are as memorable as the title tale, but it alone is worth the price of admission. Whether conceived of as a story of racial prejudice or merely the snobbery of the "cool" crowd over some perceived style deficiency on the part of society's outcasts, the story reminds us that we all can be taken advantage of as well as learn from our mistakes. "The Zax" is a short read, but illustrates that the world cares little for our stubbornness and is perfectly willing to pass us by. "Too Many Daves" reads more like a poem than a story, but in the great tradition of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky employs Seuss' linguistic innovation to ear-pleasing effect. Finally, "What Was I Scared Of?" treats readers both to a timeless moral and sparse, dark illustrations that suggest a Seussian homage to Edward Gorey.
whitneyfarmer on LibraryThing 8 months ago
SUMMARY:Creatures called SNEETCHES judge one another based upon the stars upon their bellies. Those with stars do not associate with those who are without. A sneaky man comes into town with machines that can either take off or add a star upon their bellies. It becomes a crazy mess, and all of the SNEETCHES finally realize inside they are all the same.PERSONAL REACTION:Again, Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors. He took a completely unique approach to racism, and I believe he did a fantastic job in illustrating to children that outside appearance doesn't matter. It is what is inside that counts.EXTENSION IDEAS:This could be a great addition to Martin Luther King Day. Explaining racism to smaller children is not a simple task, and I believe Dr. Seuss does a fantastic job at presenting it to a younger audience. This could also be a great way to prepare students for an addition to their classroom when dealing with special education. Explaining that even though someone might need a wheelchair, or extra equipment for everyday activities they are still the same inside.
jeffbarrois on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is a collection of several short stories that are fun for kids, and also address pressing social issues that are still relevant today. An excellent timeless classic that will always be relevant.
kjsmulvihill on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was too young to know about the Nobel Peace Prize when I read this book for the first time. But if I had known about it, I would have assumed that Dr. Geisel would have been one of the nominees when he published this book. Star-bellied sneetches still stroll down the beaches of every coast of every country. With the wit of the Doctor and some intuition, the children on those beaches will have a chance to change.I remember keeping the lights on when I got to the story about the pants! And I'll never forget those highways that were built around the north-going and south-going Zax. Looks just like San Diego!This book is an excellent and colorful book for many generations of readers to enjoy. Adults will appreciate the wit and children will love the rhyme. It's on my list of Top 10 Children's Books of All Time.
eward06 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This represents a Modern Fantasy because it uses characters and a setting that is make-believe and would not be possible in real life. This is mostly pretend, but holds a small bit of truth because of the lessons that can be learned from it.
conuly on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ah, Sneetches.This book comes with four Seuss stories. It is a mark of the man's skill that he was able to write a clear moral for each of them without being too preachy. (He didn't always succeed at this, which is why I refuse to buy a copy of the Lorax, but when he got it right he was SO right.)The first story, Sneetches, is a pretty clear moral about discrimination. The ones with stars and the ones with "none upon thars" run back and forth and back and forth trying to have the right number of stars until they are all fleeced out of all their cash. And then they figure out that a Sneetch is a Sneetch, stars or no.The second one, about the Zaxes, is what happens when a south-going Zax meets a north-going Zax and neither is willing to budge an inch. The world doesn't stop, no matter how long they stand there, and a whole city goes up while they glare at each other. Mrs. McCave had 23 sons and she named them all Dave and if there's a moral here (other than "Knock it off with the zany theme naming!") I can't find it. Good fun, though :)And finally, that one about the scary green pants that walk around with nobody in them and scare our narrator witless until he realizes they're as scared of him as he is of them. They're fun, most of them have a good moral, and they're Seuss. What more can you ask for? (Note: Some kids might find that green pants story a little scary.)
kmulvihill on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was too young to know about the Nobel Peace Prize when I read this book for the first time. But if I had known about it, I would have assumed that Dr. Geisel would have been one of the nominees when he published this book. Star-bellied sneetches still stroll down the beaches of every coast of every country. With the wit of the Doctor and some intuition, the children on those beaches will have a chance to change.I remember keeping the lights on when I got to the story about the pants! And I'll never forget those highways that were built around the north-going and south-going Zax. Looks just like San Diego!This book is an excellent and colorful book for many generations of readers to enjoy. Adults will appreciate the wit and children will love the rhyme. It's on my list of Top 10 Children's Books of All Time.
kairstream on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Teaching about equality and prejudice Dr. Suess tells a story of Sneeches who have stars upon thars. Of course they don't hang out with non-stared Sneeches. The fix -it-up chappy comes along and sends everything into chaos. Who now are the best bellies on the beaches. In the end the Sneeches learn a great lesson.... it just doesn't matter if you have a star or not. Everyone is the same!