The Good, The Bad, and The Hilarious of Parenting

Sneetches and Other Stories and Other Reasons to be Nice

on February 29, 2012

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday!!!  Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss, and now we have a reason as adults to read Dr. Suess and eat birthday cake!!!  Life is good, and we should celebrate.

But besides that point, I had another point to make.  A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled “Life Is Too Short To Have An Empty Bucket“, and now I would like to expound on that topic by discussing an amazing little book that one of my colleagues brought to my attention after discussing the above post.

Watch this amazing video of the book (which is appropriate to watch with your kiddies) and then run out and buy a copy for yourself and your kids or your grandkids and one to donate to a local school or daycare so that we can continue to spread a very important message.  We need to fill everyone’s bucket daily with a kind word or a warm smile.

The Sneetches and Other Stories is a collection of stories by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). The four stories are:

  • The Sneetches
  • The Zax
  • Too Many Daves
  • What Was I Scared Of?

I am focusing on The Sneetches because it offers a very important lesson to love and care for people because of who they are not what they have or do.  Seems like a simple enough lesson, but all too often we fall into that trap of being human.  Yes, we can go in depth on how this book is an allegory for prejudice and discrimination, and also offers a lesson of materialism and entrepreneurship, but please for a moment focus on the great messge of loving each other simply because we can.

Interesting fact: The Sneetches and Other Stories, in 1998, was translated by NATO into Serbo-Croatian and distributed to 500,000 children in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of an information campaign to help encourage racial tolerance.



3 responses to “Sneetches and Other Stories and Other Reasons to be Nice

  1. daddyranman says:

    Mmm cake and racial tolerance. Makes for a good March 2nd, I say.

  2. […] important, and I know that almost everything that Dr. Seuss writes is a social commentary such as The Sneetches and Other Stories, but I think today I just wanted to enjoy the beauty of Dr. Seuss’ words and not think about […]

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