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The Sneetches and Other Stories: Yellow Back Book (Dr Seuss - Yellow Back Book) (Dr. Seuss: Yellow Back Books) Paperback – International Edition, May 6, 2003
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The Star-Bellied Sneetches have bellies with Stars, but the Plain-Bellied Sneetches have none upon thars! Rivalries rocket when Sylvester McMonkey McBean steps in to prey on their prejudices, but in the end we realise that prejudice is nothing more than a rediculous waste of time.
With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.
As the first step in a major rebrand programme, HarperCollins is relaunching 17 of Dr. Seuss's best-selling books, including such perennial favourites as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks. In response to consumer demand, the bright new cover designs incorporate much needed guidance on reading levels, with the standard paperbacks divided into three reading strands – Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for budding readers to tackle on their own, and Yellow Back Books for older, more fluent readers to enjoy. The Sneetches and Other Stories belongs to the Yellow Back Book range.
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Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.
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The Star-Bellied Sneetches think they're much better than the Plain-Bellied Sneetches. But they're about to discover that its whats inside that really matters!
By combining the funniest stories, craziest creatures and zaniest pictures with his unique blend of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, Dr. Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities learn to read.
'Dr. Seuss makes reading fun!'
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks; Rebranded edition (May 6, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 68 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007158505
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007158508
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Item Weight : 3.52 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.6 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,029,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #99,124 in Children's Literature (Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
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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.
I understand the desire to preserve the books as they were made, retiring them instead of continuing to produce them. But I wish there were an alternative, like using another character Dr. Seuss has drawn in place of the offending images. I know, I know, once we start down the road of editing things, and who decides what is offensive...but these books are works of art that have helped shape the world view of children for decades. The author agonized over the vocabulary and the rhythm of the words, over images designed to engage and entertain. I would have thought he would want them to live forever... There will never be another Dr. Seuss book written. How sad to lose some of them entirely.
And so I bought the Sneetches, to have a moment to think back on how my life was shaped by the time I spent with these books. It would have been better if I had not seen dehumanizing caricatures as a child. Back when I was young and knew no better, they existed in my childhood brain as representative figments, just like all the other creatures in the books.
And I grew up to help Run a Zoo.
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It was written around the period of the US Civil Rights movement, and was a way that Dr Suess hoped to reach youth, by exposing them to the adult nonsense of judging people by the way they look.
Due to the current trend of Woke-ism in modern education, most modern books that attempt to address this topic end up creating more division, hatred, confusion and self-doubt rather than understanding, self-reflection, and love for other human beings.
Mercifully, we can go back a few decades and find someone with the wisdom of Dr Suess, who came from a place of love.
Although this may not be "the best" of his writing, it is surely one of the most important in terms of the themes it brings up.
Note: if you are triggered by my using the term WOKE...just ignore this review and look up the book yourself and see if you like it. Don't look over this gem due to your dislike of me or any reviewer.
As I struggle to find good children's books and young adult titles that are not influenced by WOKE culture, perhaps someone will find this review of use.
P.S. The last story about the "scary trousers" is fantastic, too...addressing how we can fear something irrationally...just because we don't understand it.
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