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The Resource The selfish giant, Oscar Wilde ; illustrated by Ritva Voutila

The selfish giant, Oscar Wilde ; illustrated by Ritva Voutila

Label
The selfish giant
Title
The selfish giant
Statement of responsibility
Oscar Wilde ; illustrated by Ritva Voutila
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The classic Oscar Wilde story of the selfish giant who won't let anyone into his garden - until his heart is softened by one very special little boy, illustrated with great drama
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Books for Youth, For the Young: Ages 6-8. The familiar Wilde tale is well served by Gallagher's illustrations, in which the clothing and the faces of the children who come into the blooming garden are in strong contrast to the costumes and figures of the people who rule the wintry landscape after the selfish giant has exiled the children. The giant's size is also well handled: it's clear that every adult looks like a giant to a child. The story's ending, which implies that the child has returned to take the giant to Paradise, should be noted as a departure from what some readers expect in the giant genre. ((Reviewed Mar. 1, 1995)) -- Mary Harris Veeder
  • Oscar Wilde wrote fairy tales for people of tender sensibility--those who find charm in the notion that birds would stop singing and trees forget to blossom because the children who used to play in their midst have been expelled. From that conceit the converse of course must follow: after winter has hung on and on in the giant's now-unfrequented garden, the children creep back in through a hole in the wall and climb up into the branches; and "the trees were so glad to have the children back again that they. . . covered themselves with blossoms [while] the birds twittered in delight." But if this strikes you as pathetic fallacy at its sappiest, you won't be touched to see the giant redeem himself by helping the tiniest of the children up into the one still-frosty, unoccupied tree--nor will you be moved to find him reunited with the child at last when the little one shows up, scarred with stigmata, to take the giant off to Paradise. Foreman's pale, tissue-soft fairyland is prettier by far than Kaj Beckman's garish setting for last year's The Happy Prince, but it won't help you relate to the story on Wilde's or any terms. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1978)
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10165815
Cataloging source
ANL
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1854-1900
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Wilde, Oscar
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
For primary school age
Literary form
fiction
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  • 0
  • 2
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Voutila, Ritva
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True
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  • Fairy tales
  • Giants
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The selfish giant, Oscar Wilde ; illustrated by Ritva Voutila
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"'The Selfish Giant' was first published in Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince and Other Tales, 1888"-- Colophon page
Control code
000049600258
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
31 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781742376509
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)800362102
Label
The selfish giant, Oscar Wilde ; illustrated by Ritva Voutila
Publication
Note
"'The Selfish Giant' was first published in Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince and Other Tales, 1888"-- Colophon page
Control code
000049600258
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
31 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781742376509
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)800362102

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