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The Sleeping Giant

by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

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I bought this book on a trip to Ireland. It is great because it gives a "story" to the land mass that looks like a sleeping giant! When the sleeping giant awakes in "modern times" everyone is frightened of him. However, there is a little girl that understands that the giant might be frightened himself. The girl (& the townsfolk) devise a plan to put the giant back to sleep. Sweet and wonderful. ( )
  emtimmins | Mar 30, 2014 |
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This story is an Irish folktale and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is the writer and illustrator of this book. The story and detailed pictures go together very well. The meticulous illustrations give the reader a real sense of Irish culture. Additionally, the island is a real land mark in Ireland which opens up a lot of ways to bring this imaginary story to life for young readers. I like how the plot brings up the idea that not everybody fits in, but that the giant was able to find purpose in life, and actually seemed happy with the way he was able to full fill his purpose. The story also brings imagination and feel of magic.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0863276431, Paperback)

Off the coast of Ireland there lies an island. It looks just like a giant sleeping in the sea. What if it really is a giant-and what if, one day, the Sleeping Giant wakes up?

In this beautifully illustrated picture book Marie Louise Fitzpatrick tells the story of a Kerry giant whose size and clumsiness annoy his neighbors so much that they appeal to their king for help. The local druid concocts a special stew which makes the giant sleepy. He wades out to the sea off Dingle, lies down and falls fast asleep. He sleeps and sleeps. Grass and seaweed cover him. Eventually people forget who he is and begin to believe that he is a small island.

Centuries later, the giant wakes up and causes havoc, terrifying locals and tourists alike. Unable to find his friends, who have died hundreds of years ago, he feels lonely and goes back out to sea where he sits down and starts to cry. Then along comes a little girl called Ann who volunteers to talk to him. She is flown out in a helicopter and persuades him that really the people are very fond of him. . . . Together they come up with a solution that keeps everyone happy.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:45 -0400)

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An Irish giant who is a clumsy nuisance ends up as an island off the coast of Dingle.

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