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The Sneetches and Other Stories Hardcover – January 1, 1961
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- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers; First edition. (January 1, 1961)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 72 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0394800893
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394800899
- Reading age : 5 - 9 years
- Lexile measure : NP
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 4
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.41 x 11.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The north and south going zax show us that being stubborn and inflexible will not let us grow and will keep us stuck as the world continues without us.
The green pants with no legs has a lesson about fear and empathy.
The mom with all the Dave’s.... well, that is pretty straightforward. It’s does show the value of stepping outside your box and being unique. Though really it just reminds us to not name all of our kids Dave because it will cause so much trouble in the long run. The random alternate name suggestions are still funny.
Overall, it’s still a fun read and a great opportunity to open up important conversations with your kids.
The Sneetches is about creatures who separate into two groups based on appearance. With the star-bellied Sneetches looking down on the non-star-bellied Sneetches, tension builds...until in walks an entrepreneur who can instantly erase the differences with a "star-on" machine. I've heard reviewers crank about this story being pro-welfare, or liberal propaganda, but the lesson is more about prejudice, and while I won't spoil the story for you, there is a very P.T. Barnum-styled ending that helps the Sneetches realize that snap judgements lead to blinding one to what matters.
The story "The Zax" is another blindered example where two creatures hate each other so much they let life pass them by. The rest of the world moves on, while they can't seem to get over their mutual dislike of each other. This story is very short.
Then we have "Too Many Daves". Hilarious and silly, this is practically a short two-page poem, all about a mother who made the mistake of naming all of her children Dave. My daughter was always delighted when I read this story because of all the silly words in it.
Which brings us to the unsung gem at the end of "The Sneetches and Other Stories": the tale "What Was I Afraid Of?" Dealing with a child's fear of the unknown, this spooky little tale resolves itself sweetly, and I really enjoy the way Dr. Seuss shows a child that perhaps with a bit of determination, one might find that one's fears and anxieties really aren't so bad after all. The fact that the main character is afraid of a pair of green pants is silly enough that a child can instantly grasp that there are reasonable fears...and then there are unreasonable ones.
Whatever stories you choose to read, read to your child. You will see a huge difference in their learning, because you took the time to be with them and encouraged them. I loved The Sneetches and Other Stories because its lessons to me are the sorts of things every child should learn about dealing with others and with themselves.
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For those who don't know, the Sneetches is a story about the Sneetches with stars on their bellies, and those without. The star bellied sneetches won't talk to those without. When a stranger comes to town and offers to put stars on the bellies of those without for three dollars each, everything changes. As the original star bellied sneetches pay ten dollars each to remove their stars to remain different the two groups eventually realise they really aren't that different after all.
The Zax is a story about stubbornness and how sometimes it is better to give a little than to stand firmly in your place.
Too Many Daves is a cute and funny poem with no real meaning behind it (as far as I can tell).
What Was I Scared Of? is a bizarre story about a boy who is afraid of an empty pair of trousers he sees in the woods. Eventually he realises that they can be friends.
Every kid should grow up on Dr. Suess, and I recommend this collection whole heartedly, as the Sneetches alone make it worth the purchase.
Plus a few other story’s... but the trouser one is the best imo, read it loads of times
I thoroughly recommend this story as a great way to discuss issues with youger children.