by Dr. Seuss
Tackk created by Aaron Gerlach
The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss, is about a bunch of Sneetches who do not treat each other equally. They base each others position on whether or not they have stars on their bellies. A business man named Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes to the beach that the Sneetches live on with two brilliant machines. These machines, the Star-off machine and the Star-on machine allow the Sneetches to get stars on their bellies and to have them removed. The Plain-belly Sneetches get stars put on their bellies to look like their counterparts. This angers the Star-belly Sneetches, who in turn have their stars removed. This goes back and forth, until all the Sneetches are mixed up. In the end, the Sneetches decide that neither one is better than the other.
Dr. Seuss was trying to teach people about discrimination and racism. Throughout the story, the Star-belly Sneetches thought they were better than the Plain-belly Sneetches, just because of a tiny difference. You see this all over human history and to this day, people being discriminated just because of what color they are, what religion they practice, or where they came from. In the story the Star-belly Sneetches proclaimed, "We're the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches. We'll have nothing to do with the Plain-belly sort!"
Dr. Seuss is also trying to teach people that everyone is different in their own special way. Even though everyone is different we can, and all should, get along with one another. At the end of the story, all of the Sneetches could not tell who was a Plain-belly and who was a Star-belly. The Sneetches decided that no Sneetch was the best kind of Sneetch. They decided, "The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches and no kind of Sneetch is the best on the Beaches. That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had one, or not, upon thars."