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.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a fun tale tall about a real life giant. This can be a great way to teach children about acceptance and friendship. The story is fun and easy to read.
This is such a wonderful story. Having grown up in the small town of Seville it is great to have a story to share with my children that tells them about the famous or infamous Giants that were once residents of our town. The story is funny, yet heartwarming and my daughter's 2nd grade class loved it when I shared it with them!