Next they asked what sound does a horse make, and Sneetch said “Nay, nay!” He got that one right, too. I don’t know why creatures that live under the sea are so interested in the vocabulary of terrestrial animals, but there it is.
Finally, they asked what sound a pig makes. Sneetch and I shouted out the answer together. Apparently, the right answer – or, at least the one they were looking for – was “Oink, oink.” We still think we were right, though; we said, “sizzle! Sizzle!”
The story opens with a Star-Belly Sneetch walking, with it’s nose in the air, past a crestfallen Sneetch that has no star on it’s belly. The narrator tells the reader about the lives of the Sneetches. The Star-Belly Sneetches act like they’re better than the Sneetches without stars. They play ball on the beach, have frankfurter roasts, picnics, and marshmallow toasts, but they never invite the starless Sneetches.
But ONE day a stranger arrives in a very strange car full of mechanical pieces. He announces himself to be Sylvester McMonkey McBean. He shows the Plain-Belly Sneetches a machine that puts stars on their bellies, but it costs three dollars each!