You would think that after 60 years of NEVER succeeding in stealing Christmas (this book debuted in 1957!), the Grinch would have learned his lesson. But…NO! Once again he has bolted upright from his putrid hibernation and planned yet another outlandish heist.
In Dr. Seuss’ unforgettable holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, avid young readers and seasoned older fans are welcomed into the gooey-sweet world of the Whos of Who-ville, and the red-eyed, surly-faced schemes of the Grinch, who lives just north of them. As the Whos light their windows, hang their stockings, and trim their Christmas trees, the Grinch peers down his turned-up nose in sour anticipation of the noise and rambunctious festivities that Christmas brings—and that he hates with every fiber of his being.
But then he hatches a plan. He can stop Christmas if he can only figure a way to steal it. And what better way to steal it than to impersonate Santa — a thin, sour-puss-faced, red-eyed Santa, no doubt…but Santa, just the same. So he dons his Santa suit and bullies his unwilling puppy into dressing like a reindeer. Then off he goes to steal toys, Who-pudding, and Who-roast-beast. He would probably even steal the Christmas songs if he could only figure out how to snatch them out of the air. But just when he thinks he has finally succeeded in robbing the Who’s of their Christmas delight, they show him that he has never known the true meaning of Christmas after all.
Yes, “we’ve seen this movie before.” Everyone knows the lesson the Grinch learns (except maybe the youngest readers, but they’ll find out soon enough, right?), but isn’t it wonderful that every time we read this delightful story is like the very first time?
Dr. Seuss’ prose is, of course, superb. It is fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny, and his rhyme and meter are so precise that they leave the seasoned reader (and writer!) speechless.
Enjoy this book in the early elementary classroom, as an example of pristine rhyme and meter in an advanced poetry classroom, or as a holiday favorite in front of the fireplace.