The Sneetches and Other Stories The Sneetches Summary
Living on beaches, there are some Sneetches, some with stars and some without. Sorry, we're just channeling our Seuss here.
Sylvester McMonkey McBean arrives on the scene, and vintage Seuss chaos ensues—of the muddled-fuddled-wuddled variety no less.
Now we are introduced to our two types of Sneetches: the Star-Belly and the Plain-Belly.
As it turns out, the Star-Belly Sneetches are a wee-bit snooty about having those belly stars. They won't walk or talk with the Plain-Belly Sneetches, and their children won't play ball together.
This sounds like some flat out prejudice to us.
Speaking of prejudice, here's a little tidbit for you: Dr. Seuss was not Jewish.
Wait, that's not the tidbit. The tidbit is this: Seuss faced quite a bit anti-Semitism in college. Apparently, some guys thought he was Jewish and, while thinking this thought, decided they didn't like it very much. Not the smartest bunch, that's for sure.
This event left its mark on the young Seuss, and his work denounced bigotry ever since, from his early political cartoons (well, mostly—see "Brain Snacks") to "The Sneetches" (source).
Back to the story. The grandest insult in Sneetchville is when the Star-Belly Sneetches have beach parties and leave the Plain-Belly Sneetches out in the cold. No frankfurters, no marshmallows, no nothing.
Enter: a stranger in a strange car.
He announces himself as Sylvester McMonkey McBean (we kid you not), and he announces that he has a machine. This machine, it turns out, will solve all the Plain-Belly Sneetches' problems.
McBean quickly creates a machine that will give the Sneetches belly stars for a mere three dollars each.
Bit of a niche market, sure, but the machine actually works.
And just like that, the Plain-Belly Sneetches get them some stars on their bellies.
Super content, the once Plain-Belly Sneetches go to show off their brand new stars and get accepted into the group…
Yeah right. As if it ever works out that way.
Surprise, surprise, the Star-Belly Sneetches, the ones who had the stars first, know they are still the best Sneetches. If only they had a way they could tell again…
Yeah, this guy has a way to make them "the best Sneetches on beaches" (Sneetches.56), and it'll only cost them ten dollars apiece.