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James and the Giant Peach by Richard R. George
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Apr 26, 09

Read in April, 2009

James and the Giant Peach: A play
By Roald Dahl, adapted by Richard George
Puffin Books
2007
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Richard George has adapted James and the Giant Peach into a fun play for kids. The story will be familiar to lovers of Dahl's literature. James is treated horribly by his aunts, but one day something magical happens. A giant peach grows with giant insects living inside of it. James and his new friends roll off into the sea, are rescued from sharks by seagulls and land truimphantly on the Empire State Building. Reading a play is an important skill to be learned, as it is very different from reading prose. George has made it easy for his reader to envision the action by providing excellent narration and stage directions. While reading a play may be fun, putting on a play is even better. The book provides great suggestions for lighting in a school setting, which can also be adapted for home use using flashlights. The costume and scenery sections are also fun and provide instructions for bringing the play to life. While putting on the whole play may not be a feasible summer project, picking certain scenes may be more doable. This will provide a fun new experience for all involved (parents and children alike!).
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