A beloved tale that has lasted for generations, The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, one of the world’s greatest writers, tells the tale of a very selfish giant, his wonderful garden, the curious and playful village children, and, of course, the little child who changes the giant’s heart. A beloved classic in English literature, The Selfish Giant may be Oscar Wilde’s greatest story of redemption and forgiveness.
Newly illustrated by renowned artist Jeanne Bowman, this fantastic edition of this famous tale showcases Wilde’s story in a pallet and composition that will delight and inspire both young and old and will become a family treasure to be read again and again.
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About the Author
Jeanne Bowman moved around a lot as a kid, bouncing up and down the spine of the Rocky Mountains. She graduated from a college with the same name and majored in art. Jeanne decided when she was four that becoming an illustrator would be the best job for her, as you can read all the books you want and you don't have to go out into the sun, which burns. She currently resides in Montana. Jeanne is now addicted to illustrating stories for children and can't wait for the next one.
Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. He is best known for his poetry, plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde also wrote a popular collection of stories for children called The Happy Prince and Other Tales. In the years since their publication, the stories in that collection–including The Selfish Giant–have been dramatized through radio, film, and dance worldwide.
Date of Birth:October 16, 1854
Date of Death:November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:Paris, France
Education:The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874
Read an Excerpt
Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant's garden.
It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn bore rich fruit. The birds sat on the trees and sang so sweetly that the children used to stop their games in order to listen to them. 'How happy we are here!' they cried to each other.
One day the Giant came back. He had been to visit his friend the Cornish ogre, and had stayed with him for seven years. After the seven years were over he had said all that he had to say, for his conversation was limited, and he determined to return to his own castle. When he arrived he saw the children playing in the garden.
'What are you doing here?' he cried in a very gruff voice, and the children ran away.
'My own garden is my own garden,' said the Giant; 'any one can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself.' So he built a high wall all round it, and put up a notice-board.
He was a very selfish Giant.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“It’s your garden, little children,” the Giant gladly declares in Oscar Wilde’s children’s book, The Selfish Giant. ~ What ~ At thirty-two pages, this over-sized paperback is targeted toward children ages five to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is the 1888 story by Oscar Wilde about a selfish giant who learns how to be kind and thoughtful while searching for a boy he friended. Colorful, detailed, and expressive illustrations fill the pages. The back jacket has some information about the author and this classic literature. This well-known tale is about a giant who found children playing in his beautiful garden. After chasing them away, he builds a tall fence around the garden to keep them out. Winter comes, making the garden uninhabited and the giant lonely. When Spring arrives, he helps a little boy into a tree and realizes how selfish he has been. After letting children into his garden, he searches for the boy but does not find him until the child returns years later and takes him, as an old man, to Paradise. ~Why ~ This is a charming story about redemption and forgiveness while showing how to think of others. I love the example of the boy who has pierced hands and feet in correlating it to Jesus Christ shedding His blood for our sins by dying on the cross. The artwork is engaging, fanciful, and captivating; it will keep children enhanced and interested in the story. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like Oscar Wilde’s writings will have no interest in this book. Some children may be frightened of the giant, but he is not scary-looking. A few may not like the inferences of Christianity. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the two- and three-syllable words or lengthy paragraphs. ~ Wish ~ I am glad to see it is now available in hardbound, so it could be a collectible item. ~ Want ~ If you like an old, charming story that will make you and your child feel good when reading and looking at the enchanting illustrations, this would make a lovely gift. Thanks to Familius for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This is a classic story and deserves all the praise it receives for the author. However I was disappointed that there were absolutely no illustrations. Thus it is not as good of a "read-aloud" for younger children. I preferred the one I took out from the library that had pictures of the giant, the garden and the kids.