“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Lonely Giant

Written and Illustrated by: Sophie Ambrose

Published by: Walker Books Ltd 2016

Ages:   4 – 8 years

Theme: destruction, environmental kindness, friendship and freedom

Opening Lines: In a cave, on top of a crag, in the middle of a huge forest, lived a giant. The giant spent all day, day after day, doing what giants do…

Synopsis: From Amazon…   After inadvertently destroying his home, a well-meaning giant must learn the true value of the natural world.

In the middle of a vast forest lives a giant who spends his days hurling and heaving, smashing and bashing. Over time, the animals flee as their homes vanish, the birdsong dwindles away to silence, and, finally, the forest itself disappears. Now the lonely giant misses the crackling warmth of a fire and the sweet songs of the yellow bird — but will he realize it’s up to him to restore what he loves? Sophie Ambrose debuts with a beautifully illustrated modern fable offering a poignant environmental twist.

Why I like this: This is beautifully illustrated in thick pencil drawing and watercolour giving a warmth background to a lonely giant. I loved the details like the up-close ragged fingernails in a couple of the illustrations. The text moves seamlessly across the page drawing you in. You just had to turn the page to find out if he is ever going to learn what he is doing with his destructive behavour. Unaware that his destroying the environment will cause the animals of the forest to move away it isn’t till the little yellow bird arrives that he eventually realises what he has done and sets about to fix it. It’s that saying “we often don’t know what we had or how good it was, until we lose it.” The giant learns a lesson in freedom, loss of friendship and what happens when the environment is destroyed, and how over time it can be restored with a little kindness. The underlying theme of environmental kindness is a great classroom topic and kids will be encouraged to think of ways they can become environmentally friendly.

Resources/Findings: Here is a great website on all things environmental friendly for kids… From making their own composts, to gardens, ways to travel etc….   http://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/

Environmental friendly activites both at home and at school for kids….   http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/go-green.html

I’m always pleased to be able to bring you some more special books that have come my way and be able to share them with you and join other great writers over at Susanna’s Blog, where there are literally hundreds of book reviews to view.  So pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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13 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. What a timely and wonderful book. I love the focus on the need to be kind to your environment. Perfect way to address the subject with young children. Lovely choice with beautiful illustrations! Great cover!

  2. As soon as I saw the cover I moved to place a hold at the library, but it looks like I was too fast – the system is still slow this morning! But they have it! Yay!

  3. Like Julie above, I’m going to check with my library to see if they have this book. It looks like the perfect story to share the important role the environment plays in our lives. I’m looking forward to reading this gem.

  4. Joanna says:

    I love the use of a giant to explore this environmental theme. Love that cover.

  5. Gabi Snyder says:

    This sounds moving. And I love the tie to environmentalism. Thanks for sharing, Diane!

  6. Very interesting book – the cover reminds me of the BFG – I need go find this one. Thanks for featuring it.

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