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Tired and hungry after a long journey, three dwarves knock on the door of a big, spooky house. They soon discover it belongs to a giant! Join them as they figure out how to outwit him and escape!

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Perhaps a Little Long

This is a fairly traditional style folk tale. Three dwarves (Hop, Skip

& Jump) arrive at a giant's house and need to outwit him so that he

won't eat them. So all through the night Skip stays awake asking the

giant for ever more difficult items which will supposedly enable him to

sleep. The giant tries to find these items in the hope that Skip will go

to sleep and then the giant can eat the three dwarves. Obviously, as

with all good folk tales, the giant is outwitted and the dwarves escape.

As

an adult we know that the giant could easily have eaten the three

dwarves or tied them up at any point in the preceedings. However, this

just never seems to happen! The author is Turkish so I presume that this

is a traditional turkish folk tale. It would have been nice if a little

bit about the originas of the story were included in an appendix for

the adult to explain to the child. There are similar stories in many

cultures.

I enjoyed reading this book. It is just a little long for

younger children but certainly suitable to be read to four or five year

olds. Each double page has a picture spread across them with the writing

printed over the picture on one of the two pages. This gives plenty of

pictures for the younger reader/listener. The language is simple but

with a good variety of adjectives and verbs which help to expand a

child's vocabulary. For example instead of the giant being angry all the

time he is fuming, flabbergasted and cross as well as grumbling and

speaking grumpily.

I like this book very much but think it could have

done with being just a little shorter. Children do struggle with poor

attention spans and I think the more reluctant story listener may be put

off by the amount of text.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

 
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