by Mordicai Gerstein

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Children (and adults) who were captivated by Gerstein's lyrical prose and swirling-moving-breathing illustrations in The Mountains of Tibet will find it easy to slide between the covers of this tale of three friends, Amelia, Reina and Clara. Dancing through life, as girls that age will, they come across a giant. In great glee, and with profound disregard for both his feelings and their own safety, they proceed to do their best to attract his attention. It's all a game-or is it? As in Mountains, Gerstein mixes sorrow and joy with casual artfulness, much the way life itself does. This is an intriguing work that contributes to moving the picture book into a plane beyond immediate amusement. It deserves to be read and reread, questioned and ruminated upon. So who is that giant, anyway?
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4Amelia, Reina, and Clara often slip away through the woods and across the meadows to the ravine where a giant tends his garden. They perch on a ledge and call out to him, trying to guess his name. They believe that when they guess correctly, he will notice them. One day, to their combined delight and dismay, he hears them. When he reaches for them, they run away, frightened and excited. They return home, transformed in a way they cannot explain even to themselves, and are more aware of their connection to the world around them. Gerstein's tale is haunting, moody, and poetic and resonates on many levels. Very young children may be puzzled by the ambiguity of the story, particularly the ending, in which the girls realize that the lonely sound they hear every night is the giant weeping. This tale is better shared with older readers who will be able to relate to the characters' experiences and emotions and to appreciate the imaginative and vividly written narrative, which gains depth with subsequent readings. The delicate paintings, rendered in acrylics, are full of motion and color, with contrast provided by the stolid-seeming giant. The small format suits the story perfectly, and the book is best appreciated independently or one-on-one.Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA

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Hyperion Books for Children
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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