Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Let's get in the spirit!
Everyone loves a good holiday book.....especially Amanda Furman at Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf. I'd like to thank Amanda for linking up with me today as part of her 25 Days of Holiday Book Reviews.  Be sure to check out her amazing blog!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss

Originally printed in 1957, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a true holiday classic.  Many children (and adults) do not realized that it was a book before it was made into an animated movie.  

I chose this book because it was my favorite holiday special as a child (no I did not know it was a book at the time).  I enjoy reading it to my own kids and to my class.  I also love the sweet message it delivers.

This is such a beloved and familiar story that I don't feel the need to review it in great detail.  It is the story of love and family....the true meaning of Christmas. 

The mean old Grinch lives alone high above the town of Whoville. He hates Christmas because of all the happiness it brings to the Whoville residents, the whos. He especially hates it when the whos gather hand-in-hand and happily sing together to celebrate on Christmas morning.  So he decides to steal all the decorations, food, presents and Christmas trees while the whos are asleep, in the hopes of ruining their holiday.  

When the whos awaken to find all of their Christmas items gone, they still gather and sing together because they are so happy to have each other.  When the Grinch hears their joyful singing  he realizes that Christmas might be more than presents, food and sparkly decorations.  Then something happens inside the grumpy Grinch that makes his shriveled heart grow "three sizes".  He returns the presents and decorations to all the whos and even joins them in their feast.  There "He HIMSELF..... The Grinch carved the roast beast!"

With it's signature "Seussical" illustrations and unique cadence and rhyme, this book is super fun to read aloud.  It serves as a great reminder of the real meaning of the, family, friendship and togetherness!

Happy Holidays to you and your families!

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