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I originally planned to review the third and final installment of Mr. Larsson's Girl series, but I'm not quite finished (the holidays are getting the in the way of my reading) and this is the book that's been read the most here at our house. So I thought I'd tell you all the reasons I love this book (and the old-school cartoon that is still occasionally on TV around this time of year). It comes highly recommended by all members of this family, except Oreo for reasons to be discussed.
The following is an excerpt from my review of How the Grinch Stole Christmas from The Family Addiction:
1. You can't stop Christmas from coming.
If you don't know me or follow my personal blog then you might not know I have two really awesome kids. My daughter is four and a half, an exceptional singer, crazy smart, outrageously courageous, and was diagnosed with autism before she was two years of age. One of her greatest challenges is communicating. When faced with communication issues, a family must decide on what the heart of most matters is and focus on that. For example, there's Christmas. A lot of stuff comes along with Christmas as a holiday, but what's really the heart of the matter; what do I want my daughter to really understand? I want her to understand that Christmas is about perfect love. For those with a christian faith, the perfect love comes in the form of a baby. It comes in other forms for other faiths, and for those who do not believe in a particular religion or faith this time of year has the potential to be (possibly really annoying) full of community and family spirit. That's what I want her to understand. Christmas, for us the birth of a baby that would try to teach us to love one another, comes whether there are presents under the tree, stockings, or rare Who roast-beast. So the Grinch can do his worst, but Christmas will still come. Don't worry. She's getting presents. But at least we're working on not focusing on them as the sole purpose of the holiday.
2. The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!
The Grinch and I have something in common. We both hate the noise of all the toys and merriment. That is not to say I hate to hear children having a good time, it's just that my kids are LOUD. But the Grinch reminds me that I shouldn't be a party-pooper and let the kids (and any loud adults in the area, hhmmm...who could that be?) have their fun. I can buy ear plugs and not ruin everyone's joy.
3. Giggles or Oreo's Lament
The first time we read this book both of my kids immediately giggled at the sight of Max, the Grinch's dog for the uninitiated, with a horn tied on his head with red thread. Oreo immediately gave me stink eye for putting ideas in my son's head. They giggled as tiny Max pulled the over-sized sleigh up to the top of Mt. Crumpit. Oreo continued to give me stink eye. Then they watched the cartoon version, in which Max has a larger role. My son fell over (granted he's not quite two so take that for what it's worth) he laughed so hard as Max attempted to catch bags of stolen presents, trimmings, and trappings being shoved up the chimbleys. That's the kind of noise I can handle. Even if Oreo's stink eye continues to this day. He needs the exercise it takes to run away from Grinch imitators.
4. Welcome Christmas
This is really just a reprise of #1. This is book if fun to read. The pictures are magically Seussical. But the message is what I really like. We didn't read this book last year, but I wish we did. We were missing my husband while he was in Afghanistan and we could have used the reminder that Christmas is about love - whether its near or far. When I hear my daughter sing herself to sleep at night with the song from the cartoon, my heart grows three sizes. We don't need all the presents, food, and decorations. They're all really, really nice, but not essential for Christmas to come.
While we stand
Heart to heart
And hand in hand
Will always be
Just as long
As we have we
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, A Very Merry Day to you all!