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The Giant from Nowhere

The Giant from Nowhere

Frances Dickens, illustrated by Peter Hudspith

Quick Overview

Can a Giant from Nowhere learn how to belong in the village of Somewhere, even though he's so much bigger than everyone else? This fun and uplifting tale helps children aged 5-8 to think about inclusivity and difference. With flexible lesson plans and creative activities, it is ideal for both children and those who teach or care for them.
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Hardback
2018, 11.85in x 8.54in / 301mm x 217mm, 56pp
ISBN: 9781785925351
AU$27.99

Description

This story is about a Giant who lives in Nowhere, with no one around to make friends with. He's so lonely that he goes searching for the village of Somewhere - only to find that he's still too big to fit in! The Giant seems huge and scary to the villagers, but can they learn to understand him and make him feel at home?

Beautifully illustrated, this heart-warming tale encourages children to think about inclusivity and tolerance and to develop language skills, while allowing them to take part in the story themselves. Its exploration of differences and belonging make it especially suitable for children with special needs or for whom English is a second language, and the activities will help these children build communication skills. Featuring fun and adaptable lesson plans (also available online) including activities for discussion, creative writing and arts and crafts, it is the perfect resource for children aged 5-8 and those who work with or care for them.

Reviews

'I've used The Giant from Nowhere with children who have English as an additional language. They have all loved the story and connected with the range of themes explored. For instance: difference, making friends, loneliness, not being able to read or write in English, making amends, fitting in, and the concept of 'home' to name a few. It helped the children to explore these big ideas in a safe and enjoyable setting where we unpacked the multi-layered story. This book lends itself to a cross-curricular approach and is written by someone who has a true understanding of a narrative that will appeal to children.'
- Becky Large, primary school teacher

'Francis Dickens is a gifted author. She has an acute understanding of children's worries, fears, concerns and the confusion and loneliness that sometimes accompany childhood. The Giant from Nowhere is a heart-warming tale that helps children explore a range of emotions linked to being "an outsider" and making friends - something that will resonate with many a young reader. Highly recommended for children (and adults) of all ages.'
- Viv Grant, former headteacher

Authors

By (author): Frances Dickens
Illustrated by: Peter Hudspith