Once There Were Giants

Once There Were Giants

by Martin Waddell, Penny Dale
     
 

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There is a baby who lives among giants.... Soon the baby grows a little and can walk and talk. Then, one day, the baby is all grown up and has a baby of her own. Suddenly there are giants in the house again, and she realizes, "One of the giants is...ME!" Martin Waddell and Penny Dale trace the cycle of family life as it goes from one generation to the next in this… See more details below

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There is a baby who lives among giants.... Soon the baby grows a little and can walk and talk. Then, one day, the baby is all grown up and has a baby of her own. Suddenly there are giants in the house again, and she realizes, "One of the giants is...ME!" Martin Waddell and Penny Dale trace the cycle of family life as it goes from one generation to the next in this warm picture book.

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Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Once There Were Giants is a satisfying circle-of-life story. A little girl who lives in a house filled with giants gradually grows bigger and bigger. As she enters the worlds of adulthood, marriage and motherhood, she soon realizes that she has gone from being a child in a house full of giants to being one of the giants that tower over her little baby girl. Appealing pictures and clever verse make this an enjoyable book both to read aloud and to share with a child. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- The narrator shares her family album with readers, and highlights moments of passage from her infancy to adulthood. The first and last illustrations, similarly posed, complete a cycle. At first, the storyteller is herself a baby, looking up to her mother, father, two other children, and Uncle Tom. Finally, she takes her place with the giants as a new mother. This British import is rather unexciting and episodic, using the metaphor of giants rather than a plot to hold it together. However, Dale's watercolor and pencil illustrations embellish ordinary events delightfully in this chronicle of life in one relaxed, middle-class, contemporary family. --Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Lib . , Alexandria, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385298063
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/07/1991
Pages:
32
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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