Saturday, November 25, 2017

"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" - Cartoon Dr Seuss - a celebrationwrap

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of 

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" 


Authored by Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by Charles D. Cohen

Ages :  5-9
Grade Levels:  K-4

Who is Dr. Seuss really? 

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Meet the illustrator of the Dr. Seuss books

Dr. Seuss is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Charles D. Cohen is a graduate of Haverford College and the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has been a practicing dentist for more than 18 years. Dr. Cohen first became enchanted with the works of Dr. Seuss as a child and he began purchasing early edition of Seuss books in college. Today, Dr. Cohen’s trove of Seussiana is likely the most comprehensive private collection in the world. It is his hope to create a museum to preserve the full Seuss legacy by protecting the pieces for posterity. He is the author of the The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss, and lives in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Unwrapping some illustrations for you from the original book

About the book

The ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic -- no holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville!

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” This bestseller is written in rhyme and loved by generations of kids. Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. 

And don't forget to celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds!

More fun info for you

* Dr. Seuss modelled the formidable character of the Grinch on himself.  His step-daughter has even said, The Cat in the Hat was Ted on his good days, and the Grinch was Ted on his bad days.

* The book was first published way back in 1957.

* In Iceland, Grinch is known as Trölli, Hungarians cal him Görcs, and to the Japanese he is called Gurinichi.  Who knew?

* Based on 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its teachers top 100 books for children.

* In 2012 it was ranked 61 among the "Top 100 Pictue books in a survey published by School Library Journal and the fourth of five Dr. Seuss books on the list.

* The book was adapted as a Christmas special twice.  

* In 1966 an animated TV film starring Boris Karloff as both the narrator and the voice of the Grinch.

* In 2000 it become a live-action film starring Jim Carrey

* November 9, 2018 it will be presented as a computer-animated film starring Benedict Cumberbatch.  

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