Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 13- Favorite childhood book

I am a day behind. I spent yesterday getting caught up on a few things and starting the ornament project. I checked the list but decided I didn't want to post yesterday. I read this morning's topic and I've got to find the book to take a photo of it. It might be tomorrow before today's book gets posted.

Ev'ry Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not. 
The Grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season. Now please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason. 
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right. It could be his shoes were a little too tight. 
But I think the most likely reason of all, may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. 
Whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes, he stood there on Christmas eve hating the Whos. 
Staring down from above with a sour grinchy frown at the warm lighted windows below in their town. 
"They're hanging their stockings," he said with a sneer. "Tomorrow is Christmas. It's practically here." 

If you read the book, this isn't the book text. It's from the animated TV special, and yes, I have this much memorized. I remember when it and A Charlie Brown Christmas came on TV. Both came early in the month and signified, for me, the 'official' start of the holidays. Indeed, when we could get the Grinch on video tape, we'd watch it the day after Thanksgiving, and then the tree and the decorations could go up. As Carole and my birthdays fall close to Thanksgiving, watching the Grinch on your birthday wasn't uncommon. I still, on the day after Thanksgiving, pull out the Grinch DvD and watch.

My parents purchased or brought home from the library as many Dr. Seuss books as they could. The timeless themes he covered, the easy to learn and understand language used and the colorful childlike illustrations made the books guaranteed to be a kid's favorite. Who wouldn't want a magical cat that, with a snap of his fingers, did all your shoveling and the chores mom left for you to do?

I remember wanting to go to Whoville. It seemed like such a magical place.

For reference, no, I have not seen the Jim Carey live action version of this book and, frankly, I'm not interested. This is definitely the case of the book being better than the movie.

Beverage:  English Breakfast tea


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