their elegant expensive Sneetch clothing, they, like Sneetch others, including Grinch bosses, have bellies with stars, oh
yes, stars, of self-loathing.They're stars that grow from long years of knowing their places. They are stars, yes they're
stars...of utter disgraces.
I'm sad to tell you, you'll need a star. They come in all sizes, they're
big and they're small. Hardly a Sneetch has not one at all.
It's hard not to
start one. It begins with a lie. "I don't want to," you'll say the first time the Grinch tries.
WILL!" he'll respond. And then you'll do and say things you'd once denied. Now the star's something you, too, must hide.
and star bellied Sneetches run past the one Sneetch with her non-starred belly exposed; she's all alone; that she knows. She
stuck to the truth. Now his star bellied Grinch wrath's been set looth.
no star on her belly, not yet anyhow. She asked for some help in her simple truth telling. She got none at all. She just got
"YOU'RE NOT A TEAM PLAYER! YOU'RE A DANGER TO ME! I GAVE YOU A CHANCE
TO HAVE A STAR TOO! YOU CHOSE NOT TO HAVE ONE; YOU DIDN'T....SNEETCH FOOL!
your non starred belly removed from my district and school! You didn't follow star-bellied Sneetch rules! I'll have your career,
your job, oh it's true. I'll rid this star bellied district of you! I have help from star bellied Sneetches above me. I've
Grinch friends in high places. And we don't like non-starred bellied Sneetch faces.
you'd fool me and for a while you did. Thought you'd fool me when your truth you had hid. Thought you'd fool me with smiles
and contact of eye. Oh, silly non-starred bellied Sneetch, I'll bet now you ask: "Why? Why didn't I go with his Grinch
plan? Why didn't I just play along with his scam?
Stars, stupid Sneetch, even though they are dirty, Stars upon ours look,
oh, so pretty.
Listen here, stupid Sneetch, I want to be a Grinchy big boss. Star bellied
Sneetches at my school know well, if they don't do what I say, their lives will be hell.
you decide to grow a star, I'll see to it, Sneetch, that you will go far. What room do you want? What grade level too? Supplements?
Sure! There's one for you! A director of this, a sponsor of that--I'll pull a supplement out of my Grinchy hat!
the game, silly non-starred bellied Sneetch. You're alone at this school without a star. Why, the school building itself has
stars upon thars!
Why, the district itself shines bright as can be! Our star-bellied Grinches
earn a-wards and prizes! Who cares if they're earned on a bunch of Grinch lie-es?!
the way of the world, pathetic, non-star bellied Sneetch. There's your truth. There it is! The truth is all lies! So stop
with your "honorable" asking of "whys?"
the frail bird without a star said. "Look at these children with their bowed heads! They need us to do what our schools
say they do: Educate; teach; treat respectfully too.
Why don't you do something? Why haven't you cared? Why are children crying
You act like a meanie, a brute, and a lout. You stay in your office;
you complain and you pout.
Why do you yell? Why do you scream? Why, Mr. Grinch, are you so mean?
you're also scared! Maybe you're frightened! Maybe you need to be a little enlightened.
if you stand up and you say, "I've had enough. I'll stop lying today."
just maybe, that's the way to be...
the Grinchy big boss that you foresee.
you, oh my dear Mr. Grinch, that there are more non-starred Sneetches like me. There are lots of us. Yes! You will soon see.
listen, I promise. We'll follow too. We only need a few true and kind words from the likes of you."
raised his head; this idea he did ponder. His shriveled and dried up heart started to wonder.
she's cor-rect, maybe she's right. Maybe just maybe I've been wrong all along.
and Common Core Standards apart, these children in corners have touched my heart.
been wrong, oh I'll say it! Children benefit most, from kindness and patience, not data to boast.
it! I do! The way to get funding, is not cheating and lying and breaking rules. It's demonstrating truth and honor in schools.
then, is the end of my lying ways. This is the end of my duplicitous days."
the Grinch to his word he did stick. It wasn't easy. In fact he soon found, that to stick to his word, would cause a frown...on
a star-bellied Grinch in an office down town.
But over time his Grinchy "stick-to-it" had others follow.
He started a movement!
He now leads a district! He's a non-star bellied supe! He's a fine leader;
the best of the Sneetch coup! Children in his schools are safe and secure. They're respectfully treated, that is for sure.
the star! His non-star bellied district's a national model. Other star-bellied districts his ways want to follow.
too! And now it seems, instead of no sleep, our Grinch sleeps well and dreams happy dreams.