One of the most beloved children’s Christmas stories is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss. It has been a child favorite ever since it was written in 1957.
I read the book aloud to my preschool class today. When fellow blogger and friend Robbie Cheadle heard me read aloud The Poet’s Dog over a number of blog posts this fall, she asked me to read this book aloud, as it is her favorite. Thank you, Robbie. Merry Christmas!
I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about.
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Thank you, Beth!
So glad Robbie encouraged you to read this book. Such a great story.
I’m glad she did, too! This one is a winner. 🙂
Great to see, Jennie. I have never read that book, and now you have read it to me. Wonderful!
Best wishes, Pete. 🙂
Thank you, Pete. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Thank you for this, Jennie. I can’t listen right now but I will later. It was always one of our daughter’s stories and it was one that she eventually read to us.
I hope you enjoy it, Dan. In this video, I am reading to the children. Somehow that seemed fitting. How wonderful that Faith not only listened to the story, but eventually read it to you! It is one of the best.
I did watch the video. It’s great. I love how you got the kids calmed back down.
Thanks so much, Dan. 😊
Reading it and hearing it read are a big difference. Thank you for posting this, Jennie.
They are definitely a big difference! Thanks, GP.
I enjoyed hearing your reading of The Grinch. I hadn’t heard it in a long time. I got a kick out of the kid that was trying so hard not give away a spoiler–but he knew happened next so he really wanted to!!
He really wanted to say it! And, that’s the beauty of reading aloud to children. There are always questions and comments. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Liz.
And you handled the interruptions very well!
Thank you, Liz. That comes with being a teacher. 🙂
Indeed, it does–and there is definitely an art to it!
I agree with Liz. A wonderful reading with enthusiastic audience participation/interaction!! Thank you for this holiday gift to all of us.
Thank you so much, Will! My pleasure. You know how wonderful the interaction is with children.
I love this story and it’s message.
I do, too!
I do love this story!
A great classic with a wonderful message!
Definitely, Jennie 💜
Great cooperation, Jennie and Robbie! Love it! Thank you for reading this interesting book aloud. Michael
Thank you, Michael. 🙂
Ahh … just loved listening to you read this, Jennie! The comments from the children are terrific and have me smiling!
Thanks so much, Annika. I’m glad you enjoyed it. The children and their comments make the reading aloud genuine.
When we got to my favorite part/page – 2-page spread of the Whos in Whoville singing on Christmas Day – Ahhhh. I’d be one of the kiddos saying ‘that’s me!’
Thank you Jennie for storytime…I needed that.
How did you know that’s my favorite part, too?! Of course that’s you. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it, Laura.
Loved the children. Super reading, Jennie. I loved your expression at “horrible idea.”
I knew this had to be read to an audience of children. That makes a classic Christmas story real. Thank you, John. I’ll have to go back and see my expression at “horrible idea”, but I certainly remember reading it with passion.
This was awesome! I loved the kid who knew the story but didn’t want to spoil it for everyone else!
Yes! He was loving the story and bursting to tell, but holding it together so he wouldn’t spoil it. Priceless. Thanks so much, Deborah. 🙂
Cheers for the “Good Doctor” and for you too, Jennie! Oh the wonderful lessons we learn and recall each year through the magic of Seuss’s story. ❤ Merry Christmas to all!
Cheers, indeed! He was a master. Back in the 50’s when his books first came out, some progressive schools adopted them as early readers instead of the Dick and Jane books that we grew up with. As a teacher, I now know I would have thrived learning to read with Dr. Seuss books. Instead, I struggled with the Dick and Jane books. He was ahead of his time.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a traditional favorite, year after year. It has withstood the test of time. Thank you, Bette. Merry Christmas to you! 🎄
Back at you, Bette! 🎄
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Jennie, thank you! This is wonderful!
My pleasure, Charles. Thank you!
A classic children’s book. I’m not much of a fan of Dr. Seuss’s books, but the kids like this one.
It is a childhood Christmas favorite. 🙂
Jennie, this is such a fantastic reading of my favourite children’s book for Christmas. I loved the input from the children, it made it very special. Thank you so much for reading this for us all.
PS, I just read that you won Sue Vincent’s lovely new Ani book. Pop over to Barb’s site and claim your prize.
I was so surprised! Lucky me. Thanks, Robbie.
It is a lovely book, Jennie.
Thank you! I have no doubt that it is. 🙂
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Robbie. It was my pleasure. Merry Christmas to you!
You too, Jennie.
Wonderful Jennie.. and what a treat…xx
Thank you, Sally. 🙂
I so love Dr Suess! A great book. I bet your kids loved it!
They did, Opher!
I always loved Dr. Suess. This one is particularly fun I think. The repetition of words helps them learn the words and their contexts as well. Whoo hooo for Dr. Suess! At school we used to have Dr. Suess day and volunteers would come dressed with the hats and costumes and read to the children. And then at some point we would help the children make their own hats too! Oh how they always loved those days!
We have Dr. Seuss day in February, on his birthday. The rhyming is excellent for learning words, sounds, and how to read. The Grinch is really a Christmas favorite with children. Merry Christmas to you, Anne! 🎄
Wonderful! And we all got to share Robbie’s gift. Thanks, Jennie!
Thank you, Steve!
Oh this was so wonderful. Thank you for letting us into your class room. I loved your reading and the children’s interactions . So much fun. You are a great teacher. What a great story, it is the first time I have ever heard it.
Thank you so much. Loved this.
That is so nice. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed my classroom and the book.
Beautiful! Wishing you a beautiful and joyous holiday season Jennie ❤
Thank you, Debby. Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to you! 😍
Thanks Jennie ❤
You’re welcome, Debby. ❤️
My little boy loves The Jolly Christmas Postman.
It is a wonderful book!