SEUSS, Dr. (author and illustrator). The Sneetches And Other Stories. New York; Random House. 1961.
Tall 4to. Original glazed pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, preserved in repeat dustwrapper; pp. [ii], 3-65; boldly illustrated throughout in full colour; a very good copy indeed with minor shelf-rubbing to lower edges of boards and tiny bruising to bottom forecorners, with light abrasion, internally very good and clean, without inscription and with some whitish fading to lower pastedown endpaper, internally fine throughout, protected by a very nearly fine, and immaculate, unclipped dustwrapper (coded 295/295 as called for) with just a couple of tiny (5mm), and narrow surface scuffs to upper panel.
First edition, as issued in the US, conforming to all the required issue points (Younger and Hirsch, p. 174-5). This work contains 4 new stories: The Sneetches, Zax, Too Many Daves and What Was I Scared Of?
The American author and illustrator Theodor Geisel, better known by his pen name Doctor Seuss, was also a political cartoonist and, as a contributor to the left-leaning New York City daily newspaper, held strong anti-fascist views. His collection of 4 separate stories which appear here in book form for the first time, all promote social diversity, tolerance and compassion. The title tale "The Sneetches" has been lauded by teachers and social commentators for its powerful message. It is said that, in 1998, NATO arranged for a translation into Serbo-Croatian, for distribution in Bosnia Herzegovina, to promote interracial harmony.
Sneetches are odd yellow bird-like creatures. Their community is divided into two factions by a freak of nature. Half are born with green stars on their tummies. These discriminate and bully those without, until an entrepreneur called Fix-it-Up Chappie arrives with his 'star-on' stamp machine. The oppressed pay $3 apiece to raise their status. Then, however, all the original star-bellied Sneetches revolt. How to distinguish themselves from the usurpers? Mr. Fix-it is not short of ideas. Hail his new 'star-off' machine which guarantees to remove the branding for $10. Chaos ensues as the birds race haphazardly to and fro between the machines as the business man absconds with their money. But it turns out that you can 'teach a Sneetch' and, thankfully, they do learn the error of their ways and to get on with each other in a spirit of love and harmony.