As a child, Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite authors. My family had a large collection of his books and the rhyming lines always presented a fun challenge. One of my family’s FAVORITE Dr. Seuss books was The Sneetches.
I think, as a child, I loved the story for the rhyming and pictures…but you can’t miss the obvious nod to discrimination prejudice. You see, there were the Star-Belly Sneetches and the Sneetches with no star. Those with the star were popular and looked down on those without. A man (Sylvester McMonkey McBean) comes to town with a machine that can ad a star to the belly of the Non-Star Sneetches.
The original Star-Belly Sneetches, of course, did not like all of those Non-Star Sneetches getting stars so they went through Sylvester McMonkey McBean’s Star-Removing Machine. After several rounds of going through the Adding and Removing machines, the Sneetches can’t tell each other apart. They don’t know who originally had a star and who did not.
In the end, they realized that neither group was better than the other. They are all Sneetches and they all decide to get along and be friends. If only we could all emulate the Sneetches, right?
A big part of Dr. Seuss’ books are the illustrations. To view more of Dr. Seuss’ art, you should head over to Art of Dr. Seuss. There are some incredible illustrations and sculptures to view!
And one final note, Teaching Children Philosophy has a great lesson for teaching children about issues of prejudice and discrimination. It gets pretty deep, but there are some good take aways.
So, what is YOUR favorite Dr. Seuss story?