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The Least Expensive Way to Buy the Classic Story
on December 8, 2000
Be sure that you understand that this is a coloring book, with black and white outlines of the images of the famous Dr. Seuss characters from this story, along with the complete text of the original. The pages are reproduced on rather flimsy paper, and coloring in the figures will produce a much less aesthetic result than the full-color version of the Dr. Seuss original in hard cover. On the other hand, if you are on a budget, this is a very inexpensive way to buy How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
One problem with creating a coloring book directly using the original image outlines of this book is that many of the details are very fine. I doubt if I have the manual dexterity to neatly color within most of the lines. So this book could prove frustrating to all but the most talented of colorers capable of great work "inside the lines" and those who don't care about the lines at all. I suspect that the only hope of a neat job would be to use fine point colored pencils and to have a very steady hand and sturdy eraser available. Even then, it will be difficult to put in the background color to make the whole page attractive in the typical Dr. Seuss style.
So my advice is that you gauge your decision about this book to your child's preferences in coloring books. A younger child who doesn't care about coloring neatly, likes to color, and recently saw the movie may be the best candidate.
If you don't have a copy of the story, and this is what your budget allows, then do buy it. It's a five star choice for you. You will be far better off than not having it. ....
This book would have been improved if the pages and the images had been made much larger. Then some of the potential frustration of the small details for the colorer could have been avoided.
If you don't know the story, it's just before Christmas and the Grinch decides he's had it with Christmas celebrations by the Whos in Who-ville. He's an antihero in the Scrooge tradition who takes things a bit further in pursuing his goals than Scrooge ever did. It "may have been that his heart was two sizes too small." He carries out his plan to stop Christmas from being celebrated. Then Christmas day arrives, and he has an epiphany. "'Maybe Christmas,' he thought, 'doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!'"
To me, this is one of the best of all timeless tales about the true meaning of Christmas. I hope you will decide to share it with others who will enjoy that message using whichever version of this book is most appropriate. ....