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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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James and the Giant Peach (1961)

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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mysterious, sad, and funny novel. Good for reading allowed in class. gr level 4-5
  Nicole129672 | Dec 15, 2014 |
This book is a great lesson to teach children that we cant always get what we want and that life has a mysterious way of working out. Everything happens for a reason. After James's parents are eaten, he must live with his two horrible aunts. Life takes a drastic turn around when he drops crystals and finds a seed that eventually turns into something magical. This is a great read for more advanced readers because the author uses extensive vocabulary. The black and white illustrations help children visualize the series of events that occur. Also, the authors continuous flow of adventure and uncertainty makes children read more and more! This is a very well developed text and is a great addition to keep in the classroom when relating to life cycles of a seed and fantasies. ( )
  eoertl1 | Dec 10, 2014 |
I thought this book was a great way to show how friends and friendship make all the difference in one's life. In the beginning of this book, James had no one. He was alone with no friends and he hated his life. As the story moves on and he goes on a journey in the peach, he learns that having friends and making meaningful friendships can be a way to be positive and happy. I love how Dahl makes his characters. For instance, the role the spider plays in this book wouldn't seem like she would be a friend, more of a protector, but Dahl shows that friends can be made with anyone, you just have to find the connections. I think that this is the big picture of this book. Other than that, this book shows that there is a world out there worth exploring, and if you are too young to explore, you can read a book like this to go to a whole new world. ( )
  ajfurman | Dec 2, 2014 |
Another fantastic book from my childhood which captivated me and kept me wanting to read. This could be added into the author study unit, along with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Witches, and the Fantastic Mr. Fox. The BFG is a guided reading level U, so it would be good to do as a Read Aloud for this author study, so that the teacher could really model and point out more compacted parts of the text. ( )
  Taranto | Dec 2, 2014 |
• Summary of content/review: This poetry-format of James and the Giant Peach takes the reader on a wild ride, with imaginations being widened and grown by its’ events. Rhinos eat James’ parents, and James’ sets forth on wild and crazy adventures.
• Evaluation: The rhyming stanzas in this work allow for a rhythmic flow and tone.
• Target audience: 2nd-4th grades
• Connection to classroom: I would use this work in my classroom when discussing poetry and rhyming.

Genre: poetry, fantasty

RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Classification: Poetry
  Nall0705 | Oct 31, 2014 |
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Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Berkert, Nancy EkholmIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irons, JeremyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is for Olivia and Tessa.
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Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.
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And sometimes, if you were very lucky, you would find the Old-Green-Grasshopper in there as well, resting peacefully in a chair before the fire, or perhaps it would be the Ladybug who had dropped in for a cup of tea and gossip, or the Centipede to show off a new batch of particularly elegant boots that he had just acquired.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140374248, Paperback)

When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find." Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a bag of magic crystals that promise to reverse his misery forever. When James accidentally spills the crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, he sets the adventure in motion. From the old tree a single peach grows, and grows, and grows some more, until finally James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away from his despicable aunts to a whole new life. James befriends an assortment of hilarious characters, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider, and Centipede--each with his or her own song to sing. Roald Dahl's rich imagery and amusing characters ensure that parents will not tire of reading this classic aloud, which they will no doubt be called to do over and over again! With the addition of witty black and white pencil drawings by Lane Smith (of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs fame), upon which the animation for the Disney movie was based, this classic, now in paperback, is bursting with renewed vigor. We'll just come right out and say it: James and the Giant Peach is one of the finest children's books ever written. (Ages 9 to 12)

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A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

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7 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141805927, 0141322632, 014180775X, 0141331267, 0141333189, 0143106341, 0241953308

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