Dr. Seuss Makes Me Leuss
Dr. Seuss's Snooty Sneetches
My favorite Dr. Seuss story is about
the Star-Belly Sneetches.
Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches
Had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches
Had none upon thars.
The snooty Star-Belly Sneetches decided that they were better
than the Plain-Belly sort and would purposely exclude them
from "frankfurter roasts or picnics or parties or marshmallow
Wise to this stargregation, Sylvester McMonkey McBean entered
the scene and "put together a very particular machine" that
put stars upon the bellies of the Plain-Belly Sneetches for
three dollars each.
So what do we soon have? All Sneetches with stars upon thars!
Clever McBean didn't end there, for he realized the original
Star-Belly Sneetches became distinctly aware... with all sneetches
now resembled alike, their upturned noses and sense of betterment
could now take a hike!
What did entraprenuer McBean offer to the upper classes?
A new opportunity to separate the masses. For ten dollars
eaches, his new Star-Off Machine would remove the
stars upon the upper-crust Sneetches.
(You see what's happening here, don't you?)
So in and out of the machinery all the Sneetches would go,
to add stars, to remove stars, to forefront the show. Meanwhile,
McBean's money pile continues to grow, and when the Sneetches
would realize their folly, nobody would know.
(This went on for some time: the Star-Bellied Sneetches would
get their belly stars removed, while the Plain-Belly Sneetches
would get stars added. The snooty Sneetches attempt at one-up-Sneetchmanship
just wouldn't work. McBean exploited this, preying on this
familiar Sneetchy nature.)
"They are doomed to this cycle!," the reader must
think. That is... until Seuss mirrors McBean as a wonderful
fink. As McBean drove off with his money and machine, Seuss
restores our faith in the Star- and No-Star Sneetch regime.
"I'm quite happy to say
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day,
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars
And whether they had one, or not, upon thars."
A lovely lesson in human Sneetchy nature.
10 Reasons Why I LOVE Checking Out Dr. Seuss Books from
- Selecting books off of the knee-high shelves makes me
feel like a kid again.
- The Sneetches remind me of certain yucky people, and
seeing them illustrated in a Seuss way makes me giggle.
- The colorful illustrations and skewed perspective in
the stories bring joy to my soul.
- Rhyming stories are so much fun, especially when paired
up with a pun. (sorry!)
- I have a short attention span. The books are just long
enough for a nice juicy creative snack.
- The titles Yertle the Turtle and Fox
in Socks makes
- Things that happen in Dr. Seuss books give me hope for
- If he can lick 30 tigers in one day, so can I.
- I dig striped hats.
- The people at the library have no idea that the books
are for me!