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Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' was originally writt

Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' was originally written in 1957 and has since become a Christmas classic for kids and adults of all ages. The book is a children's book and is relatively short with pictures on each page. The illustrations themselves are done i...
Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' was originally written in 1957 and has since become a Christmas classic for kids and adults of all ages. The book is a children's book and is relatively short with pictures on each page. The illustrations themselves are done in black, white, and red and appear to be drawn with pencil or ink. They aren't overly detailed or brightly colored, but they are interesting to look at because the characters of the Grinch and the Whos, as well as their village are so fantastically different from anything in the real world.

The story itself is written in prose, with several poem qualities. The rhyme scheme used definitely appeals to the reader (or listener) as the endings of each line couplet rhyme to give it a sing-song rhythm. Smaller children who are listening to the story being read to them will like this rhyming and it will keep their attention. Another interesting thing to note about the writing is the use of completely nonsensical and made up words. Dr. Seuss is a master of this kind of language and is famous for using it in his books. The words he invented for the story are unusual and are sure to stick in the minds of the readers. The plot is a fun one, but also has a great moral to it as well. The story is teaching children that the true meaning of Christmas doesn't come from gifts or things that are bought, but from love and being together. Overall, this is a Christmas classic that readers of all ages will enjoy. It's a true classic that never gets old and one that will be appreciated for years to come.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

posted by StephWard on December 4, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Cheaper Available

I love this story! That said, there are cheaper, better apps of this story than this one.

posted by MamaPZ on January 3, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    The Least Expensive Way to Buy the Classic Story

    Be sure that you understand that this is a coloring book, with black and white outlines of the images of the famous Dr. Seuss characters from this story, along with the complete text of the original. The pages are reproduced on rather flimsy paper, and coloring in the figures will produce a much less aesthetic result than the full-color version of the Dr. Seuss original in hard cover. On the other hand, if you are on a budget, this is a very inexpensive way to buy How the Grinch Stole Christmas. One problem with creating a coloring book directly using the original image outlines of this book is that many of the details are very fine. I doubt if I have the manual dexterity to neatly color within most of the lines. So this book could prove frustrating to all but the most talented of colorers capable of great work 'inside the lines' and those who don't care about the lines at all. I suspect that the only hope of a neat job would be to use fine point colored pencils and to have a very steady hand and sturdy eraser available. Even then, it will be difficult to put in the background color to make the whole page attractive in the typical Dr. Seuss style. So my advice is that you gauge your decision about this book to your child's preferences in coloring books. A younger child who doesn't care about coloring neatly, likes to color, and recently saw the movie may be the best candidate. If you don't have a copy of the story, and this is what your budget allows, then do buy it. It's a five star choice for you. You will be far better off than not having it. .... This book would have been improved if the pages and the images had been made much larger. Then some of the potential frustration of the small details for the colorer could have been avoided. If you don't know the story, it's just before Christmas and the Grinch decides he's had it with Christmas celebrations by the Whos in Who-ville. He's an antihero in the Scrooge tradition who takes things a bit further in pursuing his goals than Scrooge ever did. It 'may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.' He carries out his plan to stop Christmas from being celebrated. Then Christmas day arrives, and he has an epiphany. ''Maybe Christmas,' he thought, 'doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!'' To me, this is one of the best of all timeless tales about the true meaning of Christmas. I hope you will decide to share it with others who will enjoy that message using whichever version of this book is most appropriate. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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