This book tells the story of Sweet Pea and Boogaloo, who are walking through the woods on their way to have a picnic when Sweet Pea thinks she spies a giant. She starts asking Boogaloo questions about what giants are like based on the fact that what she sees makes them no different to herself. Boogaloo, who hasn't spotted the giants tells her what he has heard about giants,and how horrible and scary they are. They eventually meet the giant and Boogaloo has to face his prejudice.
It is a gentle, poetic story with a strong moral. There is lots of repetition and reinforcement which makes it memorable for kids. My children liked the fact that the illustrations show both sides of the story and really show the difference between the reality and the thought.
This is a good story for slightly older children, I would say fours and up would appreciate it, because it invites discussion and comparision with areas of our own lives which younger listeners may not appreciate.
Best appreciated by older children (older than my three year old). We liked it. But he also found some parts a little puzzling and he would definitely appreciate it in a year or two's time.
Great idea: two people are walking through the forest when one spots a giant. He doesn't look so bad... But her companion says giants are terrible... Who will be right?
My son didn't appreciate the nuances of the story but did like the fact that one little person couldn't see the giant (in a pantomime 'he's behind you!' manner).
This is a great KS1 class read - lots to talk about with regards to perspective, fear of the unknown, difference. The rhyming text bounces along nicely. I want personally keen on the illustrations but that's by the by.
Loved the ending, but again best appreciated with age.