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Hunches in Bunches
Hunches in Bunches
by Dr. Seuss

Hunches in Bunches Theme of Perseverance

Okay, we'll admit it; perseverance is a pretty admirable thing. Marathon runners have a special kind of perseverance as do writers of thousand-page tomes and activists who change the world for the better. Books on the subject tend to center around unusual kinds of perseverance, but Hunches in Bunches admires that everyday kind of perseverance everyone can apply in their lives. The boy manages to sort out his Hunches because he has perseverance. It's not an abnormal type of perseverance—all he does is decide he wants hot dogs for lunch. But it's no less admirable since we can all relate to it. Everyone knows that special type of victory when our gumption pays off and ends in a tasty lunch.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: Why does the boy spend so much time with the Hunches?
A: He's got a lot of perseverance and gumption in him. Also, they seem to be a lot of fun.

Q: How do you think he got so gumptiony?
A: Perhaps he's just having one of those never-give-up kind of days. Sometimes when you need to do something, you just need to do it.

Q: Why does the boy multiply himself at the end?
A: It goes to show his perseverance. That he would spend that much time arguing with himself is oddly admirable.

Q: Do you think his perseverance pays off?
A: Well, he seems to enjoy his decision for lunch, so I'd say yes.

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