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Hunches in Bunches

Hunches in Bunches


by Dr. Seuss

Hunches in Bunches Theme of Dissatisfaction

Dissatisfaction is just awful. Simply, truly, awfully awful. It's only worse when you know you're dissatisfied but can't tell what will satisfy your dissatisfaction. Everybody feels this way at one time or another, right? That's the genius of Hunches in Bunches and why we can all groove along with this tale; we know intimately what this boy is going through. And the book prescribes a truly original cure for dissatisfaction. Many of us might believe finding the correct activity will whisk our dissatisfaction away, but this poem suggests maybe it's less about finding the right thing and more just about just making a choice in the first place.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: Why's the boy so dissatisfied? It seems he has plenty to do.
A: It's not because he has nothing to do; it's because he can't make up his mind on what he wants to do.

Q: Do the Hunches seemed dissatisfied to you?
A: The Hunches plead their cases for what the boy should do. I imagine it's pretty dissatisfying when he decides not to do it.

Q: How does the boy get rid of his dissatisfaction?
A: He comes to a decision. Really, that's it. He seemed more dissatisfied with not being able to make a decision than in not doing anything in particular.

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