The Grinch in Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book and art “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has become rather iconic not only for the Christmas season, but also in describing someone who is miserly and dismissive during the holiday season. But while the Dr. Seuss’s art Grinch representation has become quite famous, it may be more interesting to know that this fictional character may have a real-life inspiration.
The Success of Dr. Seuss’s Art
By the mid-1950s, children’s books were mostly boring, by the numbers affairs that primarily focused on teaching children how to read while not being all that entertaining. The Dr. Seuss books changed all that with its vibrant art, rhythmic sentences, and vivid imagination. “The Cat in the Hat” burst onto the scene in 1957 and quickly sold over 250,000 copies.
In the same year, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” was also released and like “The Cat in the Hat” and later “Green Eggs and Ham” they all became an instant classic. The books created a new pattern for children to learn how to read. While the famous “Dick and Jane” series focused on repeating words to help children learn what they meant. The Dr. Seuss books used phonics instead that make them much easier to read and be entertained. The artwork brings the characters to life.
Dr. Seuss himself said that “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” was the easiest book he ever wrote because he was inspired by a particular person.
Who was the Grinch in the Classic children’s Christmas Book?
Perhaps not surprisingly, Dr. Seuss himself seems to be the inspiration behind the story. Theodor Seuss Geisel, who assumed the name “Dr. Seuss” in writing his books for children drew upon many inspirations for his famous characters. And while most people would not see this remarkable man as anything other than a gifted writer and artist with a special talent for crafting entertaining books, Geisel’s view of himself seems to be quite different at least for a period of time in his life.
On the day after Christmas, Dr. Seuss was looking in the mirror as he was brushing his teeth and saw a Grinch-like face staring back at him. It was not only his appearance, but his attitude toward Christmas that popped into his mind. From that simple encounter, he started writing his book about a Grinch who didn’t like Christmas at all.
“The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” has resonated with millions of children around the world. And while the character himself may be Dr. Seuss on his not-so-good days, it is a character that everyone can relate. More importantly, it is a book that helps children to read while still being wonderfully enjoyable. So strong was the impact of the book that Dr. Seuss had a vanity license plate made for his vehicle that consisted of one word, Grinch.
Obtaining Dr. Seuss’s art Grinch along with the many other characters created makes for the perfect Christmas gift for friends, family, or even yourself. The Grinch has become so iconic and recognizable for kids of all ages that it makes the perfect addition to your children’s bedroom or anywhere else in your home.
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