The Selfish Giant

A beautiful retelling of an important 1888 classic. Away for some years, our giant returns to find his garden full of happy children, delighting in its beauty. Unhappy with this development, he quickly erects a sign: Trespassers will be prosecuted’. The giant however becomes even sadder than the children themselves when he discovers that now it is always Winter. How can he make the Spring return, and can anything prompt him to change his own heart and mind? The imagery in this story I know gave me an early love of words: The Snow covered up the grass with her great white cloak, and the Frost painted all the trees silver.’ An enriching tale, it speaks to the common, universal need to be able to open up our lives to others. ‘I have many beautiful flowers,’ the giant finally admits; ‘but the children are the most beautiful flowers of all.’

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