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I think this is my fave JD/AS book so far (we have the Gruffalo books, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, and have read The Highway Rat, which is my least favorite- didn’t like the ending). This is very sweet, and teaches happy and sad feelings. We have the British version so that my American-born child is talking about trousers. .. (not sure if the American version uses the same term, but I understand it uses "spiffy" instead of "smart. "). Highly recommended. Check it out!
From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 3-In a place where giants and “regular sized” people coexist peacefully, George has a problem. He is “the scruffiest giant in town” until he finds a new clothing shop and buys himself some new duds. However, his days of being the spiffiest giant in town are numbered because he is so kindhearted. As he sings a little tune to himself about looking so fine, he runs into needy creatures. Soon George has given up his striped tie to warm a giraffe’s neck, a shoe to house a mouse family, his shirt to a goat that needs a sail for its boat, and so on until he has to retrieve his old rags. Finally, he is offered a crown and the title “the kindest giant in town” by his appreciative beneficiaries. Scheffler’s brightly colored, animated cartoons, done in pencil, ink, watercolors, colored pencils, and crayons, are perfect for this offbeat story of generosity. Good for collections needing books about being kind to others.Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CTCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Spiffiest Giant in Town Paperback – January 13, 2005 by Julia Donaldson (Author) Review
SUCH a sweet and thoughtful book! Both my 6 year-old son and 4 year-old daughter love and ask for it. -Read Reviews-
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are consistently a winning combination in today’s flood of children’s books, and The Smartest Giant in Town ranks as one of the top – and we own nearly 20 of their books!Living in the city my 4. 5 year old twins regularly ask about how to help people we see on the street that may be down on their luck. This whimsical story is one of the few that brings forth the importance of selfless giving to others. Recently my son even asked if I could give a man one of his granola bars I had in my bag, because he wasn’t hungry and figured that man needed it more than he did. This warmed my heart, and made both kids happy when I passed the granola bar and a bottle of water to the man. We also refer to this book when we gather clothes and toys for donation. This used to be a struggle, but now they gather things themselves that they know they don’t use anymore.
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