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The Sneetches

The Sneetches had a problem. Half of the Sneetches used outward signs (a star on their belly) to create divisions between the whole group. The star-bellied Sneetches thought they were better than the others. Then one day Mr. McBean came along and flipped everything upside down and then upside down again and… well you get the point. After taking all of the Sneetches’ money, Mr. McBean left and chuckled to himself, “you can’t teach a Sneetch.”

But McBean was quite wrong. 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 lot of Dr. Seuss’ other stories get a lot more attention, but this is one I hope Asher and Bechan remember for the rest of their lives. It is a good short story with a great message: how futile it is to think you are better than someone else based on outward appearances.

The Sneetches