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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach (original 1961; edition 1961)

by Roald Dahl, Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Illustrator)

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Title:James and the Giant Peach
Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Illustrator)
Info:Alfred A. Knopf (1961), Edition: First Edition / Second Issue, Unknown Binding
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Tags:Fiction, Childrens

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)


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Summary: James & Giant Peach is about a boy who has been dealt a trouble deal of life. He was a orphan who lived with mean aunt he had a world of imagination so he can escape from reality one day he dropped a magic peach seed which started to grow that's when he found a secret enteric that's when magic begins he finds all new insects that became friends.

Personal Reaction: This book was a favorite growing up it shows friendship and over coming ones fears

Extension: 1. I would bring a peach to class so that the kids can see what it looks like and touch them I will give each kid a peach so that they can see how they taste.

2. I would also have the class use the imaginations to create their own bugs so we can make a class book and we will discus the different bugs they came up with.
  aja_cc | Oct 29, 2015 |
James and the Giant Peach is about a boy who was dealt a horrible deal in life. He was an orphan who came to live with his horrible selfish aunts. He turned to a world of imagination because he did not want to be alone and to escape from his reality. One day he accidentally drops magic crystal by the peach tree, when magic starts to happen. The tree all of a sudden starts to grow until it’s a big house. That’s when James finds a secret entrance inside the fruit and goes inside. That’s when the magic begins and he finds all new sorts of insects that instantly become his new friends. James finds a place where he finally feels like he belongs.
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I absolutely love this book, it was one of my favorites as a kid. I now read this book to my daughter and she adores it as well. She is now seven and has an imagination like no other. This book is full of imagination and creative that all kids can relate to.
Classroom Extensions
• I would ask my class to use their imaginations to create their very own bug or insect that they would put into this book. We will use construction paper, crayons, glue, glitter, and other materials to make the life come to life. Ask them to name them and give them a part in the story of James and the Giant Peace.
• I would ask my students to use their imagination and come up with a story of their own to create their own version of James and the Giant Peach.
  jessica_vickery | Oct 28, 2015 |
This story is about a boy whoseparents were killed and the boy James was sent to live with his aunts. James is miserable living with his aunts until one day something magical happens. A peach tree in the backyard grows a beautiful peach that keeps growing until it gets bigger than the house. James enters the peach and crawls inside and ends up meeting wonderful new friends. He meets the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. AFter feeling unwelcome for so long at his aunts house, James finally found a place where he belongs. The stem is snipped from the peach and it starts rolling away and the adventure begins for James and his friends.

Personal Reaction:
This book was always one of my favorites to read when I was younger. This book shows friendship and overcoming one's fears to experience a new beginning and happiness.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) 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.
2) Have the students create their own peaches and hang them throughout the classroom.
3) Ask the students write their own story over if they could live in a fruit, what would it be and how would their adventure go?
  connorshayne | Oct 27, 2015 |
O loved reading this story and was inspired to draw many images from the story. I loved how excited she was about reading it. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |

This story is about a young boy whose parents were killed by a wild rhinoceros roaming the Seashore of England. The young boy was sent to live with his relatively evil aunts who treated the young child like a nuisance they couldn’t get rid of. One day after a fight with his retched aunts, James finds a man hidden in the bushes, the man gives James a bag of magical beans, he is told that the beans are very powerful and needs to be used carefully. James than gets summoned by his aunt to come back to the horrible home he is now residing in and on his attempt to get home quickly he trips and the bag of magical beans spill into the garden. James notices the giant peach that is growing in the garden; he notices a tunnel leading into the peach in which he decides to go through. Once inside he is greeted by giant insects that will eventually become his friends and give him the freedom he has always wanted since his parents died. The idea of being in the peach is it can take you where ever you want to go, you just have to imagine it. So James imagines New York City. He travels there with his new insect friends. Once they arrive in New York the insects become members of society, apart from the glow worm in which is the light within the statue of liberty, and James transforms his magical peach into a home, and the lonely boy is no longer lonely anymore because he has true friends, which he calls his family.

Personal Reaction

I think this story is a wonderful example of imagination and the endless possibilities that this world possess. You can create any world you see fit for yourself as long as you are willing to believe in things especially when the alternative is looking bleak as in the case for James. It’s also a good story that even though you cant pick your family, you do get to pick your friends and if you find those friendships that are so meaningful they will eventually be a new kind of family and that is a bond you cant break.

Classroom Extension

1. Depending on the age group you teaching for the younger students you can create your own peach to play on a bulletin board in the classroom. Each student will be able to use his or her creativity to draw, paint, and glue tissue paper on a premade circle. They can create their own leaves or bruises to the peach as they see fit. They than can create what creatures they want living within the peach, a long with themselves. This gives the students a fun art activity a long with a colorful new art addition to the classroom
2. For the older students you could have them create their own favorite moment in the book and create it in an old shoebox or similar box. They could create the house on the beach, the city they travel too, what the inside of the peach looks like using their imagination. The possibilities are pretty vast on what they could create using their imaginations. Than you could place them around the classroom to help brighten up the area.
  haleycurry1 | Oct 14, 2015 |
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Berkert, Nancy EkholmIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.
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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James escapes his aunts
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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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