Andreasen (With a Little Help from Daddy) takes a true larger-than-life character and imagines the possibilities of attempting to fit into normal society. Captain Martin Van Buren Bates, a giant of a fellow who one day arrives in the sleepy town of Seville, Ohio, sports "a stovepipe hat the size of a pickle barrel!" Since he and his equally oversize wife have retired from the circus, Bates is searching for the perfect place for them to settle down. He rents a room in Mrs. Crawley's boardinghouse, and the people of Seville, deeming his arrival "the most exciting thing ever to happen" in their town, want to make the fellow feel at home. But though kind Mrs. Crawley gives him a room with a king-size bed, Bates must open the window and stick his feet outside in order to fully stretch out. After the overlarge fellow accidentally does some damage and feels perhaps he's too big for the town, the residents pitch in to build a giant-size house so the newcomer and his wife will stay. A concluding note describes the real Bates, born in 1845, who reached a height of almost eight feet and a weight of 525 pounds. Andreasen's pastel-hued, crosshatch illustrations take on an old-time feel and ably capture the good natures of both giant and townsfolk. A standout image shows the captain carrying Mrs. Bates across the threshold into their new home�the doorframe filling the entire full-page illustration. A folksy, big-hearted tale. Ages 3-8. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Giant of Seville: A "Tall" Tale Based on a True Storyby Dan Andreasen
Nothing exciting ever happens in the sleepy town of Seville, Ohio-until Captain Martin Van Buren Bates arrives. Standing seven feet and eleven and a half inches, Captain Bates is a giant who has toured around the world in the circus. In search of a quiet home for himself and his/i>
Based on the life of a real circus giant, Captain Martin Van Buren Bates!
Nothing exciting ever happens in the sleepy town of Seville, Ohio-until Captain Martin Van Buren Bates arrives. Standing seven feet and eleven and a half inches, Captain Bates is a giant who has toured around the world in the circus. In search of a quiet home for himself and his wife, (who is also a giant!) Captain Bates decides to get off the train in Seville, although he fears he will be too big for the little town. But Seville is full of surprises, and the giant is about to learn that the only thing that matters is the size of one's heart.
A "tall" tale based on the true story of a real-life circus giant, The Giant of Seville is a heartwarming story of friendship and acceptance that will resonate with children. The book includes an author's note and an archival photograph of Captain Martin Van Buren Bates and his wife, Anna Bates, Seville's most famous residents.
Meet the Author
Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Sailor Boy Jig, by Margaret Wise Brown; Chico, by Sandra Day O'Connor; and Streets of Gold, by Rosemary Wells. He lives in Medina, Ohio, about twenty minutes from Seville, with his wife and three children.
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