While the giant is away, the local children fill his garden with their games and laughter, spilling over the green grass and colorful flowers, perching in the peach trees, and singing with the birds. When the giant returns, he throws them out, declaring that the garden is his and only his to enjoy. Quickly, the garden withers and winter takes hold, only to be broken by the return of a solitary child longing to play in what used to be paradise. The child's sadness melts the giant's heart, and he realizes what a selfish giant he has been. He opens up his garden but must wait a lifetime to once again see the fragile boy who reminded him about generosity and love.
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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born in Dublin and is best known for The Picture of Dorian Gray and his successful plays The Importance of Being Earnest and Salomé.
Fiona Waters is the anthologist of many fiction and poetry collections for children.
Fabian Negrin made his stunning picture-book debut with Knopf's Dora's Box by Ann-Jeanette Campbell.
Grade 1-3-A picture-book retelling of Wilde's classic fable about a giant who returns from an extended trip to discover children playing in his garden. Unhappy with his visitors, the miserly creature builds a high wall to exclude them. His garden then grows bleak and wintry; it is only when the youngsters sneak back in that springtime returns. Regretting his selfishness, he befriends the smallest child and then welcomes them all back inside. He knocks down the wall and, for years after, delights in their visits. Though he yearns to see his favorite little boy again, the child doesn't return. As the giant nears the end of his life, he finally sees the missed boy who rewards his friend's repentance with an invitation to Paradise. This retelling replaces the spare elegance of the original with descriptive text and prosaic language. While they add dimension to characters and detail to settings, the pacing slows as a result and the dialogue ambles. The large, mostly double-page illustrations are sinuous and surreal, and the palette ranges from pink and peach pastels to the somber grays of winter. Perspective is employed to excellent effect but composition is sometimes flat and static. Both the Victorian-style version illustrated by S. Saelig Gallagher (Putnam, 1995; o.p.) and Lisbeth Zwerger's ethereal edition (S & S, 1991) retain the original text to better effect. This is, at best, an additional purchase.
Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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