‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and ‘The Polar Express’

For younger children
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HowGrinchStoleChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas
By Dr Seuss

With Christmas just around the corner, this new edition of Dr Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a timely reminder that behind all the shopping, worrying and stress lies Christmas itself, a day of peace and celebration.

The Grinch hates Christmas in Who-ville – the singing, the feasting, the presents and decorations – and decides he is going to stop it from happening by stealing all the presents, food and Christmas trees from every Who house.

Yet despite this, on Christmas morning the Whos begin to sing merrily –

‘Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,

Was singing! Without any presents at all!’

Somehow, even without the decorations and presents, Christmas has still come to Who-ville – so will the Grinch have a change of heart?

You may have seen a DVD of the film, based on Seuss’ story. As entertaining as that was, it is the original story, with its distinctive Seuss rhyme and illustrations, that really carries the theme.

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

For older children
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PolarExpressThe Polar Express
By Chris Van Allsburg

It’s great to see another US classic, The Polar Express, reissued in paperback in time for this season’s Christmas stockings. The tale is also brought to life with a DVD recording by Liam Neeson, with the original music and sound effects.

A boy, waiting to hear the sound of Santa’s sleighbells late on Christmas Eve, instead hears a train arriving outside his house, filled with children. He and the other children set off for the North Pole, where they see Santa and the elves preparing for Christmas.

When Santa offers the boy a gift, he asks for one of the bells from Santas sleigh, but loses it when it drops through a hole in his pocket. Naturally, Santa manages to save Christmas day for the boy by finding a way to return the gift.

Fantastic illustrations in Polar Express sweep across the pages and take you along with them, into the land of snow and ice that is Christmas.

By all means save Polar Express for the Christmas stockings, but you also try to get your parents to give you a special treat by sharing it with you the night before Christmas!

Published by Andersen Press

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