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on 3 December 1999
The main story, of 4, in this book is fantastic. As usual The Sneetches carries a moral. V. profound. The other stories are also great. The themes and messages being stubborness, the problems that arise when you call all 23 of your children the same names and don't be scared of pale green pants, they have feelings too. This book will make you laugh and cry. Buy it, baby!
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Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. The Sneetches and Other Stories was one of her picks.
One of the reasons I liked to read Dr. Seuss stories to all of my children was that they contain up-lifting moral messages. In The Sneetches, the lesson is tolerance of those who are different from you. In The Zax, cooperation is encouraged. In Too Many Daves, individuality is espoused. What Was I Scared of? looks at the irrational bases of many of our fears.
The stories are also wonderful because they are humorous, have fun poems, and the drawings are very interesting and unusual.
The moral lesson in The Sneetches is put together in a very clever way. The story starts with two types of Sneetches, those with stars on their tummies and those without. The former are the higher status group. Then, Sylvester McMonkey McBean came to town with machines that could add stars. He quickly got rich making all the Sneetches look alike. The high-class Sneetches didn't like that, so they paid to have the stars taken off. And so on it went, until McBean had all of the money. Then, the Sneetches finally got smart and treated everyone alike, whether or not they had stars. As you can see, this makes anyone who holds onto small differences as being important look silly (whether based on something one is born with, or perhaps even based on something one can buy like athletic sneakers). Ah, a great story!
The Zax get so caught up on who is right that the world passes them by. In fact, a whole road and a city are built right over them as they stand firm against the other in the sand. Such a lovely counter-thought that is for stubborn children to learn!
Too Many Daves reminds me of a family I met where the father was named Bruce and had several sons named Bruce. It was most confusing when they were all around. We have a bit of the same problem in my family where there are four Dons in three generations. Everyone in my family lobbies against any more Dons!
What Was I Scared of! was my daughter's least favorite story in this book. I think that was because the scary parts last for many dark-looking pages. The resolution that the scary looking pants are just as frightened as you are takes a long time to develop. You may find that your child will like this story at an older age than the other stories in the book. It's the last one, so it's easy to stop just before it.
Now, having read (or reread) these stories, ask yourself what misconceptions you have about the way the importance of how things are. If you act the opposite of any of these stories, your child may find you a little hypocritical. Cure those little faults before you fall in your child's eyes!
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on 8 June 2000
This book was one of the first "big" books i read, and i still read it today, at the age of 17. The Snetches is a timeless classic, teaching the reader about the dangers of racism etc. the zax is bizzare, as is what was i scared of, but they are still fantastic!
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on 27 November 2013
These are wonderful stories for children, especially the Sneetches. They teach great morals, are fun and easy to read, and make for great bedtime stories. But as an adult, if you think about when Dr. Suess wrote these stories, during the lead up to the civil rights movement in America (the Sneetches was published in 1961, the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1967), they are remarkable in his attempts to influence society through children's literature. Dr. Suess himself was always very open about his push for social change through his books like the Lorax (environmentalism), the Sneetches (race relations), and Yertle the Turtle (class equality).

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.
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on 3 June 2014
The book is very well written just as you would expect from Dr. Seuss. The stories have great morals to them. I'm hoping my little girl will understand it well, she is not 3 yet. But she loves all Dr. Seuss books so I don't think we will have an issue.
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on 29 November 2015
This is one of the best books ever from Dr. Seuss. I recall reading it myself as a child, and I always enjoyed Sneetches' message of tolerance. There are about 4 or 5 stories in this book, and they are highly memorable.
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on 24 May 2015
Our children loves the Dr Seuss books and this one didn't dissapoint. Funny stories that rhyme are always a winner with children. There are four funny stories. The sneetches being the main story with some smaller stories after it. One of my preferred Dr Seuss books and we have a few. Highly recommend.
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on 30 March 2014
Bought along with other Dr Seuss books for our 6 year old granddaughter who loves their quirkiness, she is also a very good reader for her age and these books can only add to her reading experience and enjoyment
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on 29 February 2016
This was a favorite of my children, and now I am delighted to be able to buy it for my grandchildren. It was a real bonus to find that "What were we afraid of?" is also included, even better than The Sneetches!
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on 17 December 2003
For me, this is one of the finest collections of Dr Seuss tales. For this collection alone the man should be remembered as a true literary genius. In these few pages he manages to encapsulate the drama of the Iliad, the humanity of Hamlet, the emotion of a dozen Wagner operas. And at the same time he entertains children. It doesn't come much better than this, folks. There are only three writers that anybody need ever read: Virgil, Nabokov and Dr Seuss.
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