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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (original 1957; edition 1957)

by Dr. Seuss

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Title:How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Authors:Dr. Seuss
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1957), Hardcover, 64 pages
Collections:Storytime, Picture Books
Tags:3-5 years, 6-8 years, holidays, holidays: Christmas, DL

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


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The Grinch is a bitter grouchy green monster who lives in a cave on snowy Mount Crumpit, with a heart "two sizes too small." There is a place called Whoville, home of merry and warm-hearted Whos. His only companion is his unloved, but loyal dog, Max. ( )
  ma839 | Nov 8, 2015 |
So cute and fun. Smart and clever, also. i love dr suess! ( )
  andreancarr | Oct 27, 2015 |
So cute and fun. Smart and clever, also. i love dr suess! ( )
  andreancarr | Oct 27, 2015 |
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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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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