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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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My first exposure to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was not via the book but via the classic cartoon. Try as I might, I never quite understood how the Grinch’s heart suddenly grew three sizes larger. It was too easy! Plus the Grinch scared the little me. Admittedly, I didn’t grow up speaking English or celebrating Christmas, which is sort of like missing the context. Not having spent any brain cells on this over the years, I grew up, learned more about the true meaning of Christmas (vs. the commercialism), and for the first time, opened and read this book.

I smiled.
I get it now. :)

While the cartoon has its merits, there’s something demonstrative about Seuss’ art on paper: the wickedness of Grinch’s look, thoughts, and stealing presents from all the Who’s, especially tiny Cindy Lou (who is frankly about the size of a walking peanut), Grinch’s expression upon his realization, and his moment of dawning "Maybe Christmas…perhaps… means a little bit more!"

The story reminded me a bit of the Christmas Carol. Scrooge, Grinch, Tiny Tim, Cindy Lou. Maybe it’s on purpose, maybe not. ( )
1 vote varwenea | Jun 6, 2015 |
This book about the Grinch and his hatred for Christmas leads him to stealing everything Christmas on Christmas Eve to punish all who love it. But he has a change of heart and gives back all he stole and celebrates Christmas with the Whoville people.This book helps to teach children about how stealing is bad. This is a timely classic that has been around for a while and will continue to be for many years to come. ( )
  amartino1208 | Apr 28, 2015 |
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  tmr273 | Apr 16, 2015 |
This Dr. Seuss movie is great for children third grade and under. It would be perfect to read around Christmas time because it would get the students excited. ( )
  Hhaddad1 | Mar 3, 2015 |
This book is one of my favorites for many reasons. Two main reasons as to why I liked this book so much would be the illustrations and plot. The illustrations went along with the style of writing, the pictures weren't fully colored so the attention was drawn to the text first. Illustrations also gave off a mood that was appropriate with the text. The other reason was the plot. The story began with an introduction as to who everyone is, then went into problem-solution order. The plot was believable to an extent, there was suspense and conflict with the solution. The suspense was shown when the Grinch said, "Why, for fifty-three years i've put up with it now! I MUST stop this Christmas from coming!... but HOW?" this led the reader to think of all the possible ideas, and then it went on for a few pages until it says "...with a smile most unpleasant, around the whole room, and he took every present!" The main idea that Dr. Seuss had for this story was to show that Christmas wasn't for the food or the presents, but for friends/family or just to reflect on the good things that have happened in the past year. ( )
  sceres1 | Feb 2, 2015 |
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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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