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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
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Sep 22, 11

Read in September, 2011

Somewhere north of Who-ville lived a small hearted Grinch who HATED christmas, but everyone who lived in Who-ville loved it a lot! Why did he hate christmas, no one quite knows.. but he does, and this time he HAD to stop this season! He was tired of the little who kids running for their toys and eating their fabulous meal, they would surely enjoy their 'Who-roast-BEAST' which the Grinch could not stand! The singing, ah the singing, the Grinch was adamant to stop the singing. How did he stop Christmas, read it to know, it won't be a disappointment you'll be glad to know!

One of the most famous Dr Seuss's books accompanied with the just as well known illustrations. The pictures have a magic about them as they are a complete opposite of what is normally seen in childrens' books these days. Instead of the usual bold pictures full of bright colours the illustrations in 'The Grinch' are black and white with parts of them highlighted in red and pink.

The text is in the usual Dr Seuss style, written in rhymes which allows the text to flow and when read aloud emphasis on these words will allow children to recognise that they sound similar and thus increase their linguistic skills. Not only this, but this book allows for pupls to apply their phonic knowledge.

I think the age range of whom this book can be read to and read by ranges between 4 onwards. I have not put a closed age range as I believe, even as an adult this book is thoroughly enjoyable and heartfelt. This book would be a fantastic to read near to Christmas times. Food that is eaten at Christmas can be talked about, christmas carols can be sung and of course, the true meaning of Christmas can be explored, bringing the aspect of Religious Education into the topic and Letters can be written to Santa thus including literacy.

The main reason I love this book is because it has a simple but powerful message that needs to be refreshed for many. It shows that even without all the materalistic things that people have associated christmas with, the true celebration is the happiness, friends and family in one's life. Also, on christmas, it should never be forgotten that miracles happened; the Grinch started to love christmas and hs heart grew two sizes bigger!
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