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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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Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Childrens

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

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Summary:
James and the Giant Peach Is a fantasy about a boy's crazy journey through a peach to leave his evil, abusive aunts. James, the young boy, meets a man in the woods who gives him magic bugs to help him with his life. He accidentally dropped the bag by a tree and the tree started to grow a peach. The peach grew so big that James was able to go inside the peach finding some new friendly insects that became his best friends. After a long journey he was final safe from his evil aunts.

Personal Reaction:
This book was sad in the beginning because I hate to read about a child being abused. Then, as he meets these insects and goes on a journey with them, I began to enjoy it more. This story will relate to any children who do not have the best home life. It is definitely for older elementary children, but very enjoyable.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. The children could draw a picture of them with their favorite insect.
2. The children will be able to each a peach in class after cutting it open and examining it.
3. The children will research an insect of their choice and explain it to the class. ( )
  KendraAdams | Mar 26, 2014 |
Summary:
This is a fantasy about a boy's brave journey to escape from an abusive situation. James, raised by his two aunts who were very abusive and did not care about anyone but themselves. James then met this mysterious guy in the woods who gave him a "magic" bag hoping thT it would make his life beter. The bag was filled with crocidile tongues and the man said it will never have James to live miserable again. Unfortunately, James dropped the bag by a tree and the tree started to grow a peach. The peach grew so big that James was able to go inside the peach finding some new friends, insects.

Personal Reaction:
When I first began to read this book I was sad because no child should have to live in an abusive situation. No child should be treated the way James was. Has some language that may not be suitable for your child. Overall, I thought this was a good, classic fantasy.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. In class, students will do chapter abstracts- highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of the characters and objects in the story.
2. Each student will dissect a peach and explore what is inside. Any insects in the peach?
  MissSuzieQ | Mar 25, 2014 |
"Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City. This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith's endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text."
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  lexibaldwin | Dec 5, 2013 |
Great imaginative story, I love this book! ( )
  CelenaM511 | Dec 4, 2013 |
This is a fantastic tale that incorporates an imaginative story with words that jump of the page. James is a good hearted boy who just wants to play with friends. This books shows the value of friendship, kindness, and a gentle heart. This is a classic Roald Dahl book complete with cruel adults who get theirs in the end, and a very likable, and innocent little boy as the main character. The reader is rewarded with a magic journey and a very happy ending. ( )
  jthuro1 | Nov 21, 2013 |
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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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