You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Originally published in 1957, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is an all-time favorite for most of us. That’s why I pull this one from my Christmas book basket with delight. 

So what makes this one such a holiday favorite?  Let’s look at it from a writer’s perspective.

  • Villain –the Grinch is a nasty guy who lives north of Whoville detesting anything to do with Christmas.  Much like Dickens’ Scrooge, this guy (with his much too small heart) looks over the Whos in disgust unable to comprehend the love and joy they convey. 
  • Big Problem— the Grinch has a BIG problem, well, actually the Grinch himself IS a problem.  He’s certainly an outsider, as he towers above watching the Whos.  Every kid will immediately identify the problem from the beginning.  I mean, how can you NOT love Christmas?  BIG problem
  • Rhythm–Dr. Seuss is the master of rhythm and rhyme and we love him for it.  The rhyming and pace create a festive melody we love to sing, making it the perfect holiday bedtime read aloud.  Who doesn’t love Cindy-Lou Who, who was no more than two? I smile just thinking about it.
  • Hope–The story ends with hope, conveying the message that even the meanest, nastiest grinches in the world can be converted into some pretty nice characters. For we know that Christmas still comes without packages, boxes, or bags!

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