Diane Goode's Book of Giants and Little People

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An unforgettable cast of miniature and massive characters fills this fabulous collection of stories and poems, the latest in the series by Diane Goode. Here the Caldecott Honor medalist matches the large with the small to come up with a winning combination. Drawn from a wide variety of sources, favorites such as "The Shoemaker and the Elves" and "Teeny-Tiny" appear alongside lesser-known selections such as the Italian folktale "Little Lella" and the African-American "Wiley and the Hairy Man. "Each story is ...
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Overview

An unforgettable cast of miniature and massive characters fills this fabulous collection of stories and poems, the latest in the series by Diane Goode. Here the Caldecott Honor medalist matches the large with the small to come up with a winning combination. Drawn from a wide variety of sources, favorites such as "The Shoemaker and the Elves" and "Teeny-Tiny" appear alongside lesser-known selections such as the Italian folktale "Little Lella" and the African-American "Wiley and the Hairy Man. "Each story is perfectly illustrated by Diane Goode's distinctive artwork, by turns hilarious and witty, warm and charming. Giants' heads and hands burst over the borders of the art, while paintings of tiny people nestle diminutively in the text like miniature gems. Capturing a multitude of dainty fairies, hairy ogres, industrious elves, and dim-witted giants, Goode achieves an exuberant mix of fascinating folklore and sheer fun. This collection, which begs to be read over and over, will please readers tall, tiny, or anywhere in between. Diane Goode's award-winning Dutton books include Where's Our Mama? and Mama's Perfect Present; The House Gobbaleen, by Lloyd Alexander; the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains, by Cynthia Rylant; and Ms. Goode's many wonderful collections of stories and songs.

Tales, nursery rhymes, and poems featuring characters that are extraordinarily large or small, such as giants, elves, and fairies.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Adding to her stable of stellar collections (Diane Goode's Book of Scary Stories & Songs, etc.), Goode has gathered an assortment of folktales, fairy tales and poems featuring the tall and the small under one handsomely designed roof. In the introduction, Goode quotes her mother ("If you want to tell a good story, you have to exaggerate things") and explains that folktales are her favorites and it shows. Some selections are familiar ("The Shoemaker and the Elves"), others are not ("Lovesick Lopez"); some star recognizable creatures (ogres and ghosts), others do not (the hairy man). From Japan to the West Indies and the British Isles, these delightful stories and snippets come from a wide range of cultures and provide a variety of fare for everything from reading aloud (the classic "Teeny-Tiny") to going to sleep (Nancy Willard's poem "Magic Story for Falling Asleep" closes the collection). Colorful illustrations run the gamut from miniature teacup-sized (in which a mouse is haunted by a tiny ghost) to swamp-sized (in which an alligator pursues a boy across the book's gutter). With this blithely spirited book, Goode has done it again... and that's no exaggeration. All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4--Goode continues her fine series of folklore anthologies with this excellent collection. Readers will enjoy finding familiar tales such as "The Shoemaker and the Elves," "Teeny-Tiny," and "Wiley and the Hairy Man" alongside rarer treasures such as "Anansi and the Plantains" from the West Indies and "Little Lella" from Italy. Youngsters will chuckle over "How Big-Mouth Wrestled the Giant" in which a none-too-bright braggart outsmarts an even dimmer giant. Storytellers will want to add to their repertoires the California tall tale of "Lovesick Lopez," who becomes too fond of the pigs he raises. "Three Strong Women" and "Managing Molly" star female heroines. Also included are poems by Flora Fearne, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and others. Goode's signature illustrations are bright and colorful and take full advantage of the humorous aspects of each selection. Fear no nightmares from this collection. Preschoolers will enjoy hearing these tales read aloud, and older children will find them accessible. A delightful addition to enhance any collection.--Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites ("The Elves and the Shoemaker," "Teeny Tiny," etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian "Anansi and the Plantains," the Japanese "Three Strong Women," and the wryly feminist "Managing Molly." The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's "Magic Story for Falling Asleep"just the right note. Goode's expressive characters from ogres to elves are priceless, and the elegant design gives the stories and poems their due. It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525456605
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 12.26 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Goode

Diane Goode says, "In this book I wanted to capture the feeling that there's a wonderful world waiting right around the corner.” Since winning the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant at the start of her career, Diane Goode has written and illustrated such lovely picture books as Mama's Perfect Present and Thanksgiving is Here! Her son, Peter, to whom this book is dedicated, is now grown. The talented author-illustrator lives in Watch-ung, New Jersey, with her husband and their yellow Lab.

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