Monday, June 7, 2010

Book of the Week-June 7

The Big Friendly Giant by Ronald Dahl

Description: When orphan Sophie is snatched from her bed by a Giant, she fears that he's going to eat her. But although he carries her far away to Giant Country, the Giant has no intention of harming her. As he explains, in his unique way of talking, "I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG." The BFG tells Sophie how he mixes up dreams to blow through a trumpet into the rooms of sleeping children. But soon, all the BFG's powers are put to the test as he and Sophie battle to stop the other Giants from tucking into the children of the world. The RAF and even the Queen become involved in the mission.

There are some great things that you can do with your children in conjunction with this book. Here are some examples:
1. Take this fun BFG Quiz with your child.
2. Talk with your child about fear, and how just like Sophie was afraid at first, she eventually learned to like the BFG. Ask the question, What were you once afraid of and are not afraid of anymore?
3. Meet the inspiration for Dahl's BFG character!
4. Read over the fun words, like "jumbly, snozzcumbers, frobscottles" and make up your own!
5. Explore more of Dahl's writing creations, your child may come to find one of his books their favorite!

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