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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    An Eloquent Vision of the True Spirit of Christmas

    This book clearly deserves more than five stars. It has become an important Christmas classic that will probably increase its influence on generations to come. Psychologists have told us for years that many people are depressed by the thought of another Christmas coming. The more laughter, entertaining, and gifts, the more depressed they get. For some this may relate to the darkness of the season as we approach the Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. For others, it's related to a sense of inadequacy, a gap between how they would like their life to be and how it actually is. From the first time I ever heard this story as a youngster, I've always thought that Dr. Seuss must have known a few such people. The story opens with a classic statement of contrast. 'Every Who Down in Who-ville Liked Christmas a lot . . .' 'But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Who-ville, Did NOT!' We don't know why he didn't like Christmas, just the things he didn't like about it, such as noise, feasting, and singing. The only glimpse we get as to causation for those reactions is that it 'may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.' Unfortunately, his dislike carried over to the Whos. 'He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos.' The primary action in the story is built around the antihero concept of Santa Claus. It makes for good fun, and certainly exercises the reader's imagination in all kinds of humorous ways. The Whos respond to the Grinch in the true Christmas spirit, which evokes a loving vision of caring that will impress all who read about it. Then the Grinch has his epiphany. ''Maybe Christmas,' he thought, 'doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!'' If you don't know how the story ends, I'll leave it to you to read it for yourself or to see the movie. The great strength of this story is that it is aimed at the child reader or listener. At a young age, it is very easy to be overwhelmed by all of the fuss and potential for receiving gifts . . . and not receive much impression of the spiritual meaning of Christmas. When the Whos wake up on Christmas Day and act as they do, you can ask your child why she or he thinks that the Whos did that. Your child may not know. Then you can take the time to explain what you feel their reaction means in terms of your own beliefs. It's a remarkable way to be sure that the true spirit of Christmas is continually reintroduced to the next group of youngsters. It is inevitable that people compare this story to Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Scrooge and the Grinch each have their new visions of Christmas. When we read Dickens, we read it as a cautionary tale for adults. When we read the Grinch, we read it as a cautionary tale for children and adults. In the long run, the Grinch may be more influential as a result. But you don't have to choose one or the other. You can read and enjoy both each Christmas. If you cannot afford to spend this much for the book now, you can buy the coloring book version at

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2001

    A grouchy Grinch turns loveable and reveals a Christmas Secret!

    When the Grinch looks down on Whoville from his cold cave, his heart is just as cold. He hates Christmas and plots against the happy people of Whoville. He imagines how much fun they will have on Christmas day and the thought disturbs him to no end. His plan is to steal all their Christmas presents, take all their food and basically steal Christmas from them. So, while all the Whoville residents are asleep, he dresses in a Santa suit, has his dog 'Max' pull his sled, and climbs down their chimneys. With an empty sack in hand, he steals all their presents and Christmas meals. In one house, a little who wakes up and asks: 'Why are you taking out Christmas tree? Why?' The Grinch lies and says he is taking it in for repairs. The little who happily goes back to bed, unaware, that in the morning everything will be gone. In fact, the evil Grinch does not even leave a crumb big enough for a who mouse. (The who mice are very cute!) As the Grinch stands at the top of a mountain and starts to push his heavy load over a cliff, he suddenly hears the whole town singing. Even his ice cold heart starts to melt as he realizes that even his evil intentions could not stop Christmas from occurring. This is an amusing story which also tells us that there is more to Christmas than presents. As the Grinch joins the feast, he gets to carve the roast beast. (I thought that was funny! A play on roast beef.) Dr. Suess' rhyming stories are eternally amusing and even make adults smile. Now, the funniest story in connection with this story in my life happened in college. Two guy friends taped their reading of this book, complete with little Who's high pitched voice. They then gave us the tape to listen to. Now only was this very creative, we had a good laugh over it ever Christmas thereafter. I wish I still had that tape!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    It may be a book for little kids, but the story and the writing is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dr. Seus was a genius!!!!! 'How the Grinch Stole Cristmas' is an amazing book for all ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    timeless story captures all

    a must read for all generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Lovable Evil Grinch

    This is so sweet, although evil, story. This is the best one for the kids for Christmas. Grinch is so humorous...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    Among the Good Doctor's Best

    The simple rhymes, the mean old Grinch, and the lovable Who's down in Whoville who let readers--along with the Grinch--know the true meaning of Chrismas make this a tale for the ages. I've loved this story since I was a child, and consider the animated version to be perfect--who needs the new live action film?! This book offers a wonderful story, told in the classic Seuss fashion that makes it fun for kids of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    How The Grinch Stole Christmas

    When I was a child growing up,my dad used to teach us, to read. Not just any old thing, but a book that we would enjoy, and,never ever read the same book more. than once,otherwise,you would be wasting your eyes. But, don't tell him or my mom, that I read that book,many times. The book is called,'How The Grinch Stole Christmas,' by the lovable Dr.Seuss. Now, that book is a classic. This is the story about a mean old grinch,who hates Christmas. He tries his hardest for the season not to come. He tries everything he can, to destroy the holiday.But, the citizens of 'Whoville' love Christmas. They do not pay alot of attention to the commercialism. They realize the true meaning of this day. It is a story, that I have read over and over to our daughter,since she was still in the crib. She still loves the story,and, she is in the fourth grade,writing her own stories.This story is a classic. So,whenever you want to read a book for your child/children,please do not hesitate to go to your local library,or local book store, ('Barnes and Nobel)', and, take some time out of your holiday shopping,and read it to your kids. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    So Grinchish!

    The Grinch is so cute - and evil! >:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    Great Child's Book

    This book was one of the best books I ever have heard and will remain with me for the rest of my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    A Work of Art

    This is a wonderful book for parents and adults - a must for the holiday or any other time of year! Seuss has done it again!

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