Most of Dr. Seuss’s books were about certain issues, and had certain characters. Most of his books were about one subject, and a handful of characters. There are a few, however, that broke his self-imposed rules and that were more of a collection of stories than anything else. The Sneetches and Other Stories is one of Dr. Seuss’s childrens books that contains a number of short stories, rather than a long Dr. Seuss tale, and manages to wind a significant social tale through the story as well.
The first story, and likely the most well-known tale of the four, is about the Sneetches and how some Sneetches have stars on their bellies and others don’t. What you get in life in their world depends on whether you have a star or are star-less. This wonderful story in The Sneetches and Other Stories shows children how arbitrary categories are, and how it’s better just to be friends for everyone.
While the story about the Sneetches is the most talked-about story in the book, there are three other equally important stories, including one about the Zax, and another of a little character who is afraid of a pair of green pants in his closet. The Sneetches and Other Stories gives children not only entertainment, but also teaches children valuable life lessons, as do most of Dr. Seuss’s books. This one, however, just makes it easier to read a short, quick story when you’ve only got a few minutes.