Today, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better know to the world as the children author Dr. Seuss would have been 113 years of age. Dr. Seuss is best known for his 60 children’s books, which have sold over 600 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages, when he passed away in 1991. Dr. Seuss was an advertising executive, visual artist, illustrator, cartoonist, and a political cartoonist before he wrote his delightful, memorable, and educational children’s books.
Children learn to use their imaginations while learning significant life lessons. Adults also learn relevant personal and professional life from Dr. Seuss’ books and stories. One of my favorite stories, that is not as well known, as some of the other Dr. Suess books, is The Sneetches.
The story is a purposefully and beautifully crafted to teach adults and children about diversity, awareness, appreciation, and acceptance. Those messages have always resonated with me. I have used the Sneetches’ messages in my What Color Is Your Brain? programs for many years to help people recognize, understand, and respect different Brain Color personalities and perspectives. Today, the following Sneetches Brain Color messages are significantly relevant in our world because they can help to build healthier and more harmonious relationships in our workplaces, homes, and communities.
The Yellow Brain Color message relates to the “right and wrong” attitude one group of Sneetches has about the others. “When the Star-Belly children when out to play ball, you could only play if your bellies had stars and the Plain-Belly children had none upon thars.
The Blue Brain Color message demonstrates how one group of Sneetches excludes the other and makes them feel sad because of the way they look. “…they never invited the Plain-Belly Sneetches… They kept them away…Sneetches were moping…Just wishing their bellies had stars.”
The Green Brain Color message conveys a message of a superiority of one group of Sneetches over the other. “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches. With their snoots in the air…We’ll have nothing to do with those Plain-Belly sort!”
The Orange Brain Color message reveals how easily people can be sold on an idea by an untrustworthy individual. “I can fix that. I’m the Fix-it-Up Chappie. I’ve come to help you. I have what you need.”
The final Brainbow relevant message of The Sneetches is: “The Sneetches are Sneetches and no kind of Sneetch is best on the beaches, … all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had one, or not, upon thars.”
I hope you have enjoyed your introduction to The Sneetches and will purchase a copy for your professional and/or personal library and share the relevant messages with your co-workers, family members, and friends!
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