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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)

by Dr. Seuss

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The Grinch is a miserable Scrooge-like creature who despises all the noise and fun had by all the Whos down in Who-ville on Christmas day. So he devises an evil plan to steal all the Christmas decorations, presents, and food from each Who family's home. But he learns that Christmas is more than what comes from a store ...

Although my uncle recently quipped that this book should be more aptly named "How the Grinch Tried to Steal Christmas," this Dr. Seuss title - and the attendant animated television special - has been a favorite of mine since childhood. I was pleased to share it with my 4-year-old niece this holiday season so that she could come to love it also. (She already expressed a lot of interest in Dr. Seuss's books and had previously noted that The Cat in the Hat is her favorite.)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas features a lot of typical Dr. Seuss elements, such as rhyming text, some made-up words, and imaginary creatures. Yet despite all the nonsensical elements, it contains more than enough recognizable parts for children - and adults - to be able to make connections with their own lives. While its message is not hammered over the reader's head ad nauseam, I love that this book highlights how Christmas is not about the shallow materialism of acquiring more stuff at the expense of others.

If this book isn't already a part of your holiday traditions with your young children (whether that be grandchildren, nieces and nephews, what have you), it should be. This is certainly one of those titles that deserves the moniker of "classic." ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jan 2, 2015 |
The Grinch, a mean and nasty fellow, dislikes Christmas and the people who celebrate it. You see his heart has Always been two sizes to small. He made the decision to stop Christmas and to do that he stole everything that represented Christmas. He stole the stocking, the gifts, and even the food for Christmas dinner. To the Grinch's surprise this epidemic didn't stop the people from celebrating. That was when the Grinch realized Christmas wasn't about the packages or the bows but about the people you spend i with. That day his heart grew three sizes. ( )
  amccann | Dec 29, 2014 |
A fan favorite, Dr. Seuss has done it again! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is Dr. Seuss' take on a person (or 'who') who hates Christmas, and will do anything in his power to stop it from happening. But as we all know, Christmas will come anyways. I would recommend this book to children just learning to read, and any type of reader after that. ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Dec 11, 2014 |
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This children's book is about the Grinch whose heart is two sizes too small and hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations and plans to steal the presents from everyone in the town of Who-ville to ruin Christmas. As the Grinch is going through with his plan, his feelings change and eventually finds the true meaning of the holiday.

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All books by Dr. Suess I love but especially this one. The way that the Grinch discovers the meaning of Christmas and realizes that he does not have to be alone. This story is a classic tale about greed, materialism, and the kindness of others that all people can relate to. ( )
  mnorth2 | Dec 9, 2014 |
This is a classic that every child should read. It is a story about the Grinch and how he "stole christmas." This book could be fun to read in the classroom because there are also a couple movies made after the book. This book reminds me of my childhood. It has a lot of rhyming and catchy phrases which make it a fun read for emerging readers. The illustrations are excellent and portray the craziness of the story. ( )
  sconne7 | Dec 1, 2014 |
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Every Who Down in Who-ville Liked Christmas a lot...
But the Grinch, Who lived just North of Who-ville, Did NOT!
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"The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason." Dr. Seuss's small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville. The noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy little citizens below annoy him to no end. The Grinch decides this frivolous merriment must stop. His "wonderful, awful" idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max, construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the chafingly cheerful Whos of their Yuletide glee once and for all.

Looking quite out of place and very disturbing in his makeshift Santa get-up, the Grinch slithers down chimneys with empty bags and stealing the Whos' presents, their food, even the logs from their humble Who-fires. He takes the ramshackle sleigh to Mt. Crumpit to dump it and waits to hear the sobs of the Whos when they wake up and discover the trappings of Christmas have disappeared. Imagine the Whos' dismay when they discover the evil-doings of Grinch in his anti-Santa guise. But what is that sound? It's not sobbing, but singing! Children simultaneously adore and fear this triumphant, twisted Seussian testimonial to the undaunted cheerfulness of the Whos, the transcendent nature of joy, and of course, the growth potential of a heart that's two sizes too small. This holiday classic is perfect for reading aloud to your favorite little Whos. (Ages 4 to 8)

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The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.

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