Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
My niece Erica, age 6, with cake on her face no less...
Saving My Neice From Dr. Seuss Deprivation
Just recently, I bought my seven-year-old niece Erica three Dr. Seuss books for her birthday—Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches and Other Stories, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas—after having learned that her parents didn’t take the liberty (and don't mean the Jeep Liberty, mind you) to buy them for her. To me, a child without any books (namely Dr. Seuss books) is like a refrigerator without any milk. It’s just not right and yes, it’s THAT important. I can’t imagine my childhood without Dr. Seuss and for any child to be deprived of his work is a crime that should be punishable by death. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit extreme…Caning is more like it.
Having written a hub on Seuss’ The Sneetches, I’ve decided to write a one on How the Grinch Stole Christmas as it was fitting to, aside from the fact that it really is one of my favorite Seuss books. One of HubPages’ best writers, relache, also wrote a fantastic hub on How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I suggest you have a look as I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
The Story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Atop Mount Crumpit just north of north of
Whoville, there lives a green cat-like cave-dweller simply known as, “The
Grinch” whose only companion is a tiny dog named Max. From there, the Grinch could hear the noisy
(which some would argue was pleasant, bah!) Christmas festivities and merriment
created by the Whos of Whoville, who enjoyed more than anything else, the
Christmas season. But the Grinch did not
like this one bit as he was envious of their merry-making, gift-giving, and
carol-singing and due to fact that his heart was after all two-sizes too small,
he was determined to ruin the Whos of Whoville’s Christmas once and for
all (for the record, I made that up).
So with a sled and along with his dog Max (who he poorly dresses up as a reindeer) the Grinch races down the steep, 3,000-foot slope of MountCrumpit with Whoville in his cross-hairs. While there, he burglarizes each and every Who’s home of presents, decorations, and trimmings; he takes with him every single morsel—with the exception of a speck that was even too small for a mouse—with the intention of “preventing Christmas from coming” to Whoville. However, despite all his efforts to undermine the Whos’s joyous hullabaloo; Christmas comes any-who, as the Whos of Whoville join hands and sing to welcome-in Christmas that year. The Grinch then reaches an epiphany: That Christmas is not about presents, or decorations, or trimmings, rather it’s about being together in spite of any and all short-comings and in that instant, his heart grows to be three-sizes larger or has a “change of heart” and so returns all the presents, decorations, and trimming back to the Whos who welcome him into their community and Whoville with open arms.
The Moral of the Story
Now let’s ask ourselves: What is Christmas? Is it about getting into heaps of debt that we’ll never be able to crawl out from under? Is it about have mounds of food that will mostly be thrown away due to over-planning? Is it about fighting long lines and red tape and camping out in front of Best Buy on the eve of Black Friday just to get the lowest possible price for latest flat-panel LCD TV? Woe is you if you spend BEYOND your means on the people that you love; if those people really do love you, they wouldn’t want to see you go into debt or have to operate in the “Red” just so they can enjoy their new toy or apparel you’ve given them. Several people I know have fallen victim to such poor decision making—and we would be all the wiser to learn from them, as their intentions were good, they should not have spent beyond their means for any of us.
In my opinion, Seuss’ message to all of us is that Christmas isn’t about any of these things. Instead, Christmas is about spending time with those that you truly love and care for. The Whos of Whoville are certainly testament to this theory. Although the Grinch did take from them all their material possessions, such as their Christmas trees, food, and presents; the Whos of Whoville continued to celebrate Christmas in spite of the void created by the Grinch and so enjoyed themselves merrily through song. And as witness to this miracle, the Grinch himself changed his view of Christmas (One could say that he had indeed a “change of heart” as it tripled in size). More than fifty years since it was first published, it continues to sell widely throughout the world, especially during the Christmas season. It is for this reason that I believe “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a timeless classic and will be for generations to come. By far, it’s not only one Dr. Seuss' best books--it's one of the best books ever written in the spirit of Christmas.
The Polar Express
Grinch Toys and Games
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: A Photo Gallery
Max, the Grinch's faithful dog and companion
The Grinch dresses up Max in festive apparel
The Grinch took everything...He even took the roast beast
The Grinch reassuring little Cindy Lou Who of his good intentions
The Grinch in action
The Whos celebrating Christmas
A happy ending
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