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The Selfish Giant with Musical Adaptation by Dan Goeller
     

The Selfish Giant with Musical Adaptation by Dan Goeller

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by Oscar Wilde, Dan Goeller, Chris Beatrice (Illustrator), Martin Jarvis (Narrated by)
 

After many years of being away, a giant returns home to find children have been playing in his garden every afternoon. Now he must decide if he will share his large, lovely garden or keep its beauty for himself. Complimented by enchanting artwork and an audio version complete with symphony orchestra, this classic fairy tale springs to life in an imaginative

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After many years of being away, a giant returns home to find children have been playing in his garden every afternoon. Now he must decide if he will share his large, lovely garden or keep its beauty for himself. Complimented by enchanting artwork and an audio version complete with symphony orchestra, this classic fairy tale springs to life in an imaginative adaptation that will inspire children of all ages for generations.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I really enjoyed my first reading of The Selfish Giant. My enjoyment increased hugely upon listening to Dan Goeller’s imaginative and beautifully orchestrated musical setting. As with all great musical settings of words and images, Mr. Goeller’s music gives wings to the story.”  —Keith Lockhart, conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra

“The reillustration of any classic fairy story is always cause of celebration.  Yet it is rare to find a book take quite as much joy in the original text as artist Chris Beatrice has here.  Playing with light and beauty, Beatrice brings Oscar Wilde's original story to rip-roaring life.  You can practically smell the thick perfumes of the flowers in this garden, or feel the warm spring breezes.  Without a doubt, this is the best illustrated version of this tale that I have ever seen.  Period.”  —Betsy Bird, children’s librarian, New York Public Library, and member, Newberry Award committee

“Here is a celebration of wonder and love. Goeller's music is a perfect complement to Wilde's story and Beatrice's paintings. I'm thrilled to see this old story gain new life in such a beautiful way.”  —Kathi Apelt, Newberry Honor winner and National Book finalist, and author, The Underneath

“A window into both this wonderful story and the world of the orchestra.”  —Delta David Gier, former conductor and host, NY Philharmonic Young People’s Concert Series

“What makes this new book stand out is the CD and the music. I would guess that this could easily become a real favorite with young children. If you're looking for fairy tale entertainment, then The Selfish Giant is a good place to start.”  —Ann Giles, blogger, The Bookwitch, and columnist, The Guardian

The Selfish Giant is a musical, artistic and literary tour de force. Dan Goeller has created a stunning work that summons just the right musical tension and release with his compelling orchestrations. I can't think of any age group who would not be thoroughly enthralled with the confluence of these three artistic expressions in the telling of this story.”  —Greg Nelson, seven-time Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer

“Oscar Wilde's story cries out for musical treatment on every page; Dan Goeller's version proves to be solidly crafted and musically fulfilling. While totally appropriate for children, adults who listen along will find themselves in the presence of a born musical storyteller. The score is cinematic in its vividly pictorial qualities.”  —Dr. Glenn Winters, director, Community Outreach for the Virginia Opera

“A veritable feast for the eyes and ears.”  —Joseph Pearce, author, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983003809
Publisher:
Noteworthy Books
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

What People are Saying About This

Elizabeth Bird
"The reillustration of any classic fairy story is always cause for celebration. Yet it is rare to find a book take quite as much joy in the original text as artist Chris Beatrice has here. Playing with light and beauty, Beatrice brings Oscar Wilde's original story to rip-roaring life. You can practically smell the thick perfumes of the flowers in this garden, or feel the warm spring breezes. Without a doubt, this is the best-illustrated version of this tale that I have ever seen. Period." --(Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production-SLJ Blog and Children's Librarian for the NY Public Library)
Kate Appelt
"Here is a celebration of wonder and love. Goeller's music is a perfect complement to Wilde's story and Beatrice's paintings. I'm thrilled to see this classic story gain new life in such a beautiful way. Everything about this sings." --(Kathi Appelt, author of Newbery Honor and National Book Award finalist, THE UNDERNEATH)
Bettye Fowler Kerns
"Dan Goeller's book/musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant is a magical adventure for a child to experience. Chris Beatrice's illustrations bring to life the narration by Martin Jarvis, but ultimately it is Goeller's music that becomes the magical carpet ride which sets the emotional tone for the characters. His orchestration of the music and utilization of specific instruments, such as the tuba for the giant, to interpret the story combine to tell the story as a complete sensual experience. This book with an accompanying CD is so far beyond the traditional "read along" book that there should be a new category to describe it. While others are working on what the category should be, librarians shouldn't wait, but should add this to their collection immediately. Watching the faces of your patrons, both adults and children, as they listen and read along will be reward enough to those who purchase Goeller's book/CD." --(Bettye Fowler Kerns, Associate Director for Youth Services and Head of Main Library Central Arkansas Library System)
Randy Edwards
"Brilliant, charming, colorful, and comforting, Dan Goeller's treatment of the Oscar Wilde classic is alive with adventure, humor, and a powerful lesson. Goeller is among the finest soundtrack composers in the world."--(Randy Edwards, Founder & Director of Programs for YouthCUE)
Joseph Pearce
"This new multi-media presentation of Oscar Wilde's classic fairy story brings its magic to life in a novel and invigorating way. Martin Jarvis' dramatic presentation is buttressed by Dan Goeller's exhilarating musical score and by the vivid splendor of Chris Beatrice's full-colour illustrations. This is The Selfish Giant as it has never been seen or heard before, a veritable feast for the eyes and ears of children and adults alike." --(Joseph Pearce, Author of The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde)
Lucy Parham
"Dan Goeller's score for The Selfish Giant is uplifting, exciting and mesmerising. With his imaginative orchestration and unique musical voice he gets straight to the heart of Wilde's text. Coupled with Martin Jarvis's captivating reading, this is a very special recording."--(Lucy Parham, International Concert Pianist)
Keith Lockhart
"I really enjoyed my first reading of The Selfish Giant. My enjoyment increased hugely upon listening to Dan Goeller's imaginative and beautifully orchestrated musical setting. As with all great musical settings of words and images, Mr. Goeller's music gives wings to the story." --(Keith Lockhart, Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra)

Meet the Author

Oscar Wilde was a playwright, essayist, and novelist. He was the author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dan Goeller is a composer whose works have been performed by orchestras and choruses worldwide, including members of the National Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, and the Arkansas Symphony. His compositions have also appeared on several nationally televised concerts, as well as regional and national radio and television advertisements. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Chris Beatrice is an illustrator whose art has appeared on games, packaging, magazines, posters, and books, including Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. His clients include Simon and Schuster, MacMillan, Scholastic, Hyperion, and Penguin. His work has also been featured in Spectrum, Exposé, Exotique, and Painter. He lives in Natick, Massachusetts. Martin Jarvis is an actor who has starred in plays on Broadway and for the Royal National Theatre and LA Theatre Works, among others. He has been in such films as Buster and Titanic, and television shows such as Marple, Morse, and Murder She Wrote. He lives in Los Angeles.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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The Selfish Giant with Musical Adaptation by Dan Goeller 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Giant's garden was a magical place where the children could romp, play, hold hands and twirl around in the circular maze of its setting in front of the castle. The garden was a beautiful sight to behold and there were even things like "twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn bore fruit." It was a wonderfully happy place for children to be, that is until the Giant decided to return home. His step was long, his jaw was set, and as soon as he saw the intruders in his garden he shouted, "What are you doing here?" Frightened, all the children ran away and to make certain they would not return he walled it in with brick and mortar and posted a sign: "TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED." The children were sad and only could remember their happy times in the Giant's magnificent garden. But alas, the garden itself began to change because the joyousness it once felt was gone and in its place was a very selfish Giant. The birds no longer sang in the branches of the trees and flowers refused to blossom. Snow and Frost were happy and set up home where there was once vibrant life. "Spring has forgotten this garden," they cried, "so we live here all the year round." The winds whipped around the castle turrets and the slate began to fall to the ground. Wintry beings came to play in the garden and the Giant wondered what could possibly be wrong. This magnificent, classic tale of the selfish Giant has once again come to life in this smashing reenactment. This is undoubtedly one of the best all around remolded fairy tales I've read in some time. The tale is still told in Oscar Wilde's words, but they are magnified and enhanced by not only the artwork, but also an orchestral accompaniment. When I first saw the illustrations and listened to some of the tracks on the CD it was simply awe inspiring. The narrator, Martin Jarvis, brings excitement to the tale in a Disneyish, Broadway manner only he can do. The dark, serious illustration of the Giant returning home to his castle immediately brought to mind the illustrations of N. C. Wyeth. Wilde's original tale, which can be read on many online sources, carries with it religious overtones. Quill says: This is a sizzling, ~hot~, fairy tale that will undoubtedly become a classic unto itself!
JoanieMusicEd More than 1 year ago
This story is a wonderful heartwarming classic written by the great storyteller, Oscar Wilde. What makes it even more compelling and pictureresque are the magnificient orchestrations by the very talented Dan Goeller, who uses the timbre of various instruments to depict images in the story. My 4 year old granddaughter dances with the music "as the children play in the garden" and stomps with the giant as he returns from his journey." Combining this heartwarming story with the incredibly beautiful orchestrations makes this musical adaptation one that every parent and grandparent will want in your library to enjoy year after year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't familiar with this Oscar Wilde fairy tale. But I was intrigued by the enchanting illustrations. The story is absolutely beautiful, with a powerful message. But the thing that got me the most was hearing the incredible symphony orchestra accompanying the story on the CD along with the incomparable Martin Jarvis. This is new adaptation of Wilde's story is an instant classic!