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The Sneetches and Other Stories

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  59,983 ratings  ·  918 reviews
Illus. in full color. "Four funny easy-to-read stories all with subtly planted moral lessons."--Publishers Weekly.  

"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
Paperback, 65 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1961)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sneetches and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss
The Sneetches and Other Stories is a collection of stories by American author Dr. Seuss, published in 1953. It is composed of four separate stories with themes of tolerance, diversity, and compromise: "The Sneetches", "The Zax", "Too Many Daves", and "What Was I Scared Of?". The first story in the collection tells of a group of yellow bird-like creatures called the Sneetches, some of whom have a green star on their bellies. At the beginning of the story,
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest Dr. Seuss' stories!


Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches

Had bellies with stars.

The Plain-Belly Sneetches

Had none upon thars.

It’s not rare that Dr. Seuss came up with this charming tale in 1961, at the beginning of the decade where the civil rights were in a mass turmoil.

This story reminded me about the classic TV episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” from Star Trek: The Original Series where the last two individuals from the same p
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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 rated it it was amazing
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
Barry Cunningham
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Sneetches and The pale Green pants were favourites of my children and grandson, I have to admit they are favourites of mine too, paticularly the pale green pants, what a message that gets hammered home to children. Absolute classic Seuss!!
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy Kelly Benabderrahman
Apr 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Cindy Kelly 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
Liza Fireman
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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-
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to my niece and nephew last night for a bedtime story. I chose it from Over Drive's Civil Rights & Human Rights (In memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and in recognition of the National Day of Racial Healing, January 22, 2019) collection.

I read this online in my browser and the print was super tiny.

The Sneetches is the best story in the collection. In typical Dr. Seuss fashion, the silly, rhyming text teaches kids about acceptance and tolerance of others. The Star Bellies Sneetch
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing 🙌
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
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Davie
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"L'habit ne fait pas le moine" or "Never judge a book by its cover"
The sneetches with a star on their belly think they're superior, they hold their heads high, they play on the beach and have parties to which the plain belly sneetches aren't invited.
When the plain-belly sneetches decide to get a star, the star belly sneetches decide to take it of, there's such a big mess that no one knows who's who anymore.
We're all the same in our diffrences, so never judge someone on his/her looks
Jun 22, 2017 added it
Shelves: borrowed, english
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"
- Dr.Seuss

عُدنا للطفولة، و ما أحلاها مِن عودة! إن هذا الكتاب، و رغم قصصه الخيالية البحتة إلا أنه يعكس مجتمعنا و مشاكله بِشكلٍ رائع و مُذهل! أحببتُ الرسومات كذلك، كُنت أتأمل كُل صفحة بتأني، فكتب الصغار دائماً ما تحمل أموراً كبيرة لا نلحظها إلا بعد فوات الأوان!
Jul 05, 2016 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.

Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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Tanvir Haque
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is about two groups of people-like beings who live on the beach. One group is called the "Star-Belly" Sneetches, and the other the “Plain-Belly” Sneetches. Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best kind of Sneetch, just because they have stars on their bellies.

The Star-Belly Sneetches looked down upon the Plain-Belly Sneetches, and treated them like second-class citizens. The Star-Bellied ones weren’t fair to the Plain-Bellied ones at all. Then one day, an entrepreneur, Sylvester
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, picture-book
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 rated it it was amazing
“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
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Sadia Mansoor
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This book has the following short stories for children:

The Sneetches 5/5
The Zax 5/5
Too Many Daves 5/5
What Was I Scared Of? 4/5
Megan Nehring
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personal response: I read the book The Sneetches to Emilee. She was five years old and in kindergarten. She chose this book because she liked Dr. Seuss. Her favorite part of the story was when the Sneetches were going in and out of the machine that took off and put on stars. Emilee liked that part the best, because when they came out, the Sneetches got to go down a slide. Personally, I thought this was a great book that taught acceptance. The Sneetches with stars on their bellies thought they we ...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
“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. ” 150 likes
“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.” 31 likes
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