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  • Jen Hadley

The Sneetches

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Welcome to Story Time with Jen! I'm so happy you stopped by and thanks for listening to "The Sneetches" by Dr. Seuss.

Let's start off by saying how much I LOVE Dr. Seuss - there's a reason we have a day to celebrate him in schools. This is one of my all time FAVORITE books!

We need to get to the FUN part which is part of "why" I chose the voices. The Sneetches are the everyday person, excitable with events, down when left out, ya know...the average person. I chose the voices based on my "typical" voice. OK so yes it is a bit more animated in parts, but friends...if you know me...not TOO over animated! I just live life with BIG emotions! With the everyday character I needed to have a juxtaposition with voices, an atypical voice - enter Sylvester McMonkey McBean. Oh my gosh do I LOVE him!!!

Sylvester was exciting! I read this book maybe 4-5 times without getting his voice down solid in my mind. I thought Southern accent, Brooklyn perhaps, or even an English accent because of the hat. After I looked at the pictures some more I realized his voice was dependent upon the scheme he was pulling off, not what he was wearing. Soooo Sylvester became the exaggerated, smarmy, 1950's door to door salesman type; who by the way...I LOVE!!! Mr. McBean needed to paint a picture to get the Sneetches interested in what he was selling. He had to be done with a sing-song voice which for me could only be done with a Southern drawl. An English accent wouldn't have been conducive for that so...Sylvester decidedly came from the South.

That's how the characters developed and became who they are in this story. Hope you enjoyed! See you next week with Story Time with Jen! xx

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