Holiday Reads: The Grinch

I am in love with these How the Grinch Stole Christmas inspired pictures! After reading the book and having a great discussion about the Grinch and why Christmas can't be stolen (we used our knowledge of the Nativity from yesterday), we closely examined the illustrations.  How did Dr. Suess illustate the book?  What colors did he use?  Are there different shades of red?  What is an "accent"?

Jill did a great demonstration of how she would draw a Grinch inspired picture of a Christmas tree and then the kids got to work.
 First, the kids drew with a black a Fair pen.
 Then, they went back and colored in certain parts of their drawing with red.  I had fixed baskets of red - red markers, red crayons, red colored pencils - to chose from.
 I couldn't chose just one to show you, so I here are several. 
The kids really got it and those that usually rush through their work, really took their time and produced lovely drawings.
 To round out the lesson and get in some writing, we made a simple flip-up gift book.  The idea was to draw and label gifts that you were giving to others.  The kids "gave" gifts to their parents, brothers and sisters, and grandparents.  They were very sweet and really thought about the recipients. 
During rest time, we watched the animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Afterwards, there was a lively discussion comparing and contrasting the book and movie versions. 
Books read:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Movie watched:
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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