Catholic Education Week 2018 - Recommended books by Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association
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by Oscar Wilde
After seven years, the Giant has nothing left to say to his friend the Cornish ogre, and so he returns home to his castle—only to find that in his absence, the children have been playing in his beautiful garden. At once the selfish Giant builds a high wall to keep the children out of the garden. Winter turns into Spring all over the country—but not in the selfish Giant's garden. Across the country Spring turns into Summer and then to Autumn—but in the selfish Giant's garden, the trees refuse to bloom and the birds refuse to sing; they miss the children. The selfish Giant lies shivering in his large bed while Hail, Snow, North Wind, and Frost dance across the garden. But one morning the Giant hears a beautiful noise—what could it be?
An unexpected ending gives the story a poignant, wistful quality, and Bill Bell's dazzling illustrations breathe new life into this classic tale. And adults familiar with Oscar Wilde's work will enjoy seeing this gentler, softer side of Wilde. The Selfish Giant is a beautiful book for parents and children to read together during any season. BEST SELLER! The children always played in the Giant's garden, but when he returned after years away, he said, "What are you doing here?" and the children fled. "My own garden is my own garden," said the Giant, "anyone can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself." Oscar Wilde's classic tale of forgiveness is one of the most beautiful stories in the English language. With gorgeous illustrations, this is a book for the whole family to treasure.