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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Theme of Isolation

We don't know about you, but when we're left alone at home for a while, we start to get… well, a little kooky. Talking to ourselves in weird accents, taking Facebook photos dressed up as a bird—you know the drill. So it's no surprise that the fact that the protagonist of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! suffers from extreme isolation has seriously warped his worldview. Though he'd be foot-stomping mad if he heard us saying this, we dare say that the Grinch is just a little bit jealous of the Whos and all the fun and love that they experience. He's like a little boy who claims to hate girls because he's the only one without a girlfriend. You're not fooling us, Grinch.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: Why is the Grinch so far away from Who-ville?
A: Because their music's so stinkin' loud. Remember that, when you practice drums in the garage. If you're too loud, I might flee to a cave in the mountains. Just kidding. Maybe.

Q: How come they never talk about Max and whether he's friends with the Grinch?
A: Maybe the Grinch ignores him, so we're supposed to ignore him, too. Not very nice, I know.

Q: Do you think the Grinch is sad because he doesn't have his own family?
A: You know what? I'll bet that's exactly why he's sad. It's a good thing, then, that he becomes friends with the Whos at the end. Maybe he can be a part of their family.

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