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Dr Seuss books are timeless. Actually the adult reader has much to gain from these stories thinly veiled as addressed for children. I read them as a 5-year-old and I read them now. They are a wonderful tool to teach English as a foreign language as the words are simple but the meanings are significant and sophisticated.
We love all the stories in this book : the Sneetches, the stubborn Zax, too many Daves and What was i scared of? Every story is brilliantly written. Short and funny. There are very few books i have actually laughed while reading. This is one of them.
A lovely book. I bought the book for the first story (The Sneetches) and its message about acceptance and not treating others differently because they don't look like you. I love it. I really like the positive messages in Dr Seuss books. There seems to be a strong theme of being anything you want to be and teaching kindness. My son loves the surreal creatures and clever use of language and the moral messages are subtle enough for him and positive enough for me.
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.
No child should be without this book. It should be law. Come to that no adult should be without a copy. It made a great impression on me as a child in the Sixties. Its now over fifty years later and its magic is undimmed. The other two stores in this volume are also superb.