Oscar Wilde The selfish giant

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The selfish giant

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A once selfish giant welcomes the children to his previously forbidden garden and is eventually rewarded by an unusual little child.

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Grade 2-6 Although the illustrations for this version of Wilde's classic parable are not as visually affecting as Lisbeth Zwerger's delicate watercolors (Picture Book Studio, 1984), children will be drawn to the color and humor of Mansell's drawings. Mansell (like Zwerger) leaves Wilde's enchanting text intact. Mansell's portrayal of the crochety giant is non-frightening and full of humorous detail. Young children might find the last part of the story frightening, and the crucifixion wounds might require an explanation that would be uncomfortable to some adults. This is a beautifully written tale, however, and Mansell's illustrations are not at all fearsomeeven the full-page illustration of the dead giant is gentle, and the stigmata might be missed by an untrained eye. With these cautionary notes, this version as well as Zwerger's complement Wilde's powerful, moving tale, although Zwerger's is still a first choice. Barbara McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, Md.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Wilde's poignant tale of redemption deserves the renewed attention this volume gives it. In the story, a fierce giant who forbids little children to play in his garden is befriended by one small fellow. The giant's heart melts, and he allows the children to enter the garden, but the special child doesn't return for some time. At last the child appears, this time with holes in his hands and feet. "You let me play once in your garden," he tells the giant. "Today you shall come with me to my garden, which is Paradise." Mansell's illustrations combine a Tony Ross-like zaniness with a sense of the mysterious that perfectly underscores the story's spiritual theme. Ages 69.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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