Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Grand Sense of Injustice

I have re-discovered what I can get my kids to do for a book to be read. Thus, we have been reading more books. Rather, we have been reading books more often; today we read the same one 3 times already.

Annie chose "The Sneetches" for her book. In case you are unfamiliar, The Sneetches are a group where some of them have stars on their bellies and some don't. The star bellied have long established the stars on thier bellies make them better.

I love reading Dr. Seuss out loud so I don't tend to spend a lot of time lingering over the pictures of the pages. So here I sit trucking along through the "stars upon thars" when up drives Sylvester McMonkey McBean with his peculiar machine. ON go the stars!

Now, the racial profiling is harder to dish out when you can't determine who it should be served to. So the solution is easy (and lucrative) for the Fix-it-up Chappie (McBean again, in case you missed it). He invites the Sneetches who had stars at the first to go through his star OFF machine.

They do and the whole thing leads to the Sneetches spending all of their collective money, becoming so interracial you can't even call them Cafe Au Lait, and a picture of Sylvester McMonkey McBean driving away from the Sneetches' beaches with bags and bags of money.

At this point Annie has had a few concerns about the treatment of the plain belly Sneetches. They started with the plain unfairness and went on to question the slide being on the star OFF machine but the star ON machine just booting them out to land on their bums. When we read that Sylvester McMonkey McBean is driving off with their money and we view the picture of the spent Sneetches and the money loaded car, she is full of indignation. "He just wanted to take all their money!" she asserted.
I think she might try to take up a collection for fair treatment of Sneetches.

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