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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

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Fantastic book for kids! So imaginative and creative. Easy read that children will find delightful!

Roald Dahl is always brilliant! His stories and rhymes are fun and entertaining! Some of my all time favorites!! Such a great way to entertain children and get them interested in reading! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
Summary
This is a story about a little boy from England named James who was orphaned and sent to live with his two evil, mean aunts. The aunts mistreated him greatly and made him slave over various chores day and night. One day a man appeared to James and gave him magic seeds that were supposed to change his life and make it wonderful. James spilled the seeds near an old peach tree and when he did a giant peach grew and James’ adventure began. He found himself inside of the giant peach with peculiar friends. A grasshopper, a spider, a ladybug, a centipede and an earthworm among others. James made friends with these strange friends and their journey in the giant peach began. They found themselves rolling through the countryside, floating in the ocean, and flying through the air. Through each of these acts they encountered various challenges. The friends grew closer and helped each other through the adventure. By the end of the journey they found themselves in New York City and after a time of panic from the city people, James and his friends were accepted into their community and all lived happily ever after.

Personal Reaction
This was my first time reading this classic story. I thought it was very imaginative and full of great details to allow the reader to become a part of the fantasy world the author created. I love that James made friends with the various insects and each had their own distinct personality that someone reading could relate to. I also liked that the time period was left somewhat open ended so that a young reader could imagine the story happening in current times or in the past.

Classroom Extension
1. This would be a great book to read aloud to a class of third or fourth graders and then incorporate a creative writing activity using the idea that if the student could live in a fruit what would it be and how would their adventure go.
2. Another extension for this book could be after reading the book to a class the teacher could bring in peaches to the class and students would be allowed to touch, taste and smell the fruit and then write a descriptive piece using what they observed through the peaches.
  km057441 | Oct 17, 2014 |
I really liked James and the Giant Peach for a multitude of reasons. One of the biggest was the illustrations that came along with each chapter, showing something about that chapter and how it was going to be. The first two chapters for example had pictures of the main character James and what he looked like at the ages he was being presented in. Another aspect I really liked was the plot of the novel, mainly because of the research I had done previously into Roald Dahl. He writes his book all into the same setting of a tragedy to start followed by magical adventures that eventually lead to a revelation of the main character and a positive ending! ( )
  mduval7 | Oct 15, 2014 |
Summary: James is the central character to the story. His mother had passed away so he left to live with his evil aunts. One day hiding from his aunts, he meets a strange man. Who give James a bag full of green things. With his luck he spills them. Soon a giant peach is grown in the garden. James soon climbs inside the peach, and meets the inhabitants. Then sets off on an adventure.

Personal reaction: This book is very enjoyable. I think Ronald Dahl is a very excellent writer. His stories are timeless, and enjoyed by many different ages. He has an unique way of telling stories.

Classroom Extensions:1)After finishing the novel we could watch the movie, and do a compare and contrast paper over what was different between the movie and the book.
2) We could do a crossword puzzle with the new vocabulary that was in the book.
3) We could make a word wall for the words in the story. ( )
  pambam_11 | Oct 10, 2014 |
I have it on the iPod as well.
  sdjordan1 | Sep 30, 2014 |
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Roald Dahlprimary 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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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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Penguin Australia

Seven editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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

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