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Greta and the Giants

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This picture book tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg—the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis—using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Mel (Epic Reading)
I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion; but I think it's important that I say it regardless.
My issue with Greta's approach, and thus the one put forward in Zoe Tucker's children's book, is that no one actually proposes solutions to climate change. Saying 'we' need to do something is fair; but without the science, technology, ingenuity, creativity, etc. that is needed to come up with solutions that are affordable it's just blowing hot air.

I by no means disagree that climate change is a
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Calista
I love some Greta Thunberg. I love to hear to tell it to world leaders as it is.

This is told like a little bit of a fairytale. Greta lives in a forest and the animals are being wiped out by giants who have built cities and factories and are killing everything. Greta isn’t scared and she stands up to them by protesting. It’s a lovely story, because in this one, the giants actually listen to the kids and make changes and save the world unlike the real world where they listen to her and ignore her
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Alicia Bayer
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful art accompanies this story that tells about Greta Thunberg and climate change in an easy to understand fable about a little girl trying to protect her forest from greedy giants who are destroying it. The story is really uplifting and has a happy ending that I wish was happening with our own "giants" right now, but it ends with a little blurb telling that in real life we are still fighting the giants in this issue. It also tells how kids can help in small ways that really do help, just ...more
La Coccinelle
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, children, netgalley
This is a nice allegorical story about Greta Thunberg's activism and leadership on climate change. In this narrative, governments and industry are represented by giants who destroy the environment, leaving the animals fearing for their future. Nobody wants to do anything because everybody is afraid of standing up to the giants. Everybody except Greta, that is. She starts by herself, but is soon joined by others, until there are so many that their complaints can no longer be ignored.

Unlike in rea
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Olivia-Savannah
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this picture book!

I liked that it was inspired by Greta and her work. I found it great that the giants were essentially us humans, that they weren't overly demonised, and the trouble they cause is believable and accurate to what is going on with corporations and people today.

I loved seeing the movement grow little by little, and the child I was reading withunderstood what the protest was and felt excited to read all of the signs that the children in the book were holding. He w
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Erika Sarutobi
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really cute picture book inspired by the environmental activist Greta Thunberg. I wish we could have that happy ending too but sadly, people's greed are too strong to care about anything but profit. They don't really think about the future generations and the rest of the living things in the environment.

Nevertheless, just because some big companies contribute a lot to global warming (and don't care) doesn't mean that we, as individuals, can't change some habits to help reduce it. We sh
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Morris
I can't praise this book enough. It somehow simplifies climate change, and the power one child has to change the world, into something easy enough for preschoolers to grasp. The illustrations are cute and engaging. Adults need to read it as much as children, I believe. Highly recommended!

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
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Carrie
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If only we could make the giants change their ways in real life.
Etienne
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a nice story, and very well illustrated as well, inspired by Greta Thunberg (the characters only, the story itself is more fantastical then realistic!. An ecological tale about nature and society. Simple, but perfectly executed and absolutely worth reading!
Mimi
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"No one is too small to make a difference."

be right back, gotta go cry.
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Cheryl
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Greta is visited by the inhabitants of her forest, pleading for help in saving their home. The giants have pillaged and plundered nature in their blind greed for profitable construction. She contemplates how and sets out to meet them, carrying only a sign with “STOP” emblazoned upon it. Alone, she is ignored. Soon, others join her, each with their own sign of their own plea. The numbers can not be ignored. The giants take heed. They stop, they listen, they regret. Looking always forward, they co ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all children
Recommended to Ivonne by: Quarto Publishing Book
It would have been too easy for this allegory, inspired by the valiant, prescient Greta Thunberg, to have been preachy and off-putting. Instead, this slender, hopeful book explains climate change — as well as valor and the power of everyday citizens — in a way even preschoolers can understand. The lovely message and illustrations will delight adults, too.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in exchan
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Shoa Khan
This is the story of Greta Thunberg adapted for younger readers with analogies that would help them understand the Strike for Climate movement.

Being a story for children, it has a happy ending. But as the author points out at the end of the book, the fight in the real world is far from over.

The illustrations in the book are just so adorable and gorgeous! 💗



Coincidentally, this is the second book I read this weekend where the author and the illustrator have the same first name!
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Toni
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, 2019
This wonderful story was inspired by real life events. A Swedish teenager Greta Thurnberg was wondering why despite all the scary facts about the climate change nobody was doing anything to stop 'the giants'/ goverments and huge businesses from destroying our planet. She protested next to the Swedish government building and was gradually joined by more and more people . Greta's actions inspired many people to start doing something real in order to stop the imminent climate change disaster.
The pi
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Filipa
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
It's amazing how Greta is inspiring big and small people all around the world.
And this book is great for the little ones to have a grasp on what activism looks like.
The illustrations and colours are absolutely lovely, yet I don't really like the happy ending.
Even for kids, they deserve the truth, and that is that our house is on fire!
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Elizabeth
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Artwork 5/5
Story 5/5
Characters 5/5
Message 10/5
I cried. This book is beautiful. Buy this book for kids. Tell them that you'll work to make the world a healthy and beautiful place for them and their kids.
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Louise
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good story for young children to understand climate change.
Andreea
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated book introducing Greta to the little ones and hopefully inspiring them to follow Greta and fight for our planet. I think the story was really simple and wonderful, it helps spread Greta's message and also teach a little bit of our environmental issues to the little ones. ...more
Nick Swarbrick
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Extremely supportive of the Thunberg message but I did feel this was a rather preachy jump on the bandwagon. Nice enough- and there’s certainly room for more ecocritical lit aimed at younger readers but it didn’t inspire enough to buy it.
JenLovesBooks
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a book I really wanted to get my hands on and see how it all looked on paper. It's a book that I will definitely be getting for my daughter, as the whole book is about doing what you know is right, no matter what age you are.

Yes, it's a bit too nicely tied up (in real life it's become a lot harder to get the message to be taken seriously). But, it still gives us, as well as our young ones, hope that someday it might be a little better than it was yesterday. And, hopefully our future wi
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Rianna
2/55 books read in 2020.
3/55 books read in 2020.
Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an absolutely gorgeous picture book inspired by Greta Thunberg and her fight against climate change and the institutions that will not change to save this world.

In this story Greta sees how the giants have been destroying the forest around her house and decides to protest in hopes of getting the attention of the giants and convince them to stop.
For the most part this is exactly the sto
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Laura
This is a simple book explaining the story of Greta Thunberg, the climate activist, to the picture book crowd. Using giants as the big bad adults, Greta stands up to them, and explains that they are destroying the planet. At first no one hears her, but then as more people take up her cry, the giants realize the harm they have done.



And everyone lives happily ever after.

Oh, if only this were the case.

Unfortunately, I do not hold out much hope for us, but without hope, we wouldn't even try, so perh
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Nii
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital-copy, arcs
"No one is too small to make a difference."

This was such an adorable and informative read. I was very happy to receive this Arc from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens as I had been anticipating to read this books, as well s more about Greta and her story. This book captured the essence of being a "child", innocent yet powerful in their own way. Greta's fight inspired others and I'm sure will continue to inspire a younger generation. This book will surely persuade other children
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Leah Horton
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I felt the giants representation of adults, corporations, etc was really great. The illustrations were really pretty and I thought that the message was important.

A beautiful way to send an important message.
OjoAusana
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really cute book! I knew before reading the end who this book was about and its great! I especially loved the ending note too!
Emma
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and think it would be great to use with children up to Year 3 to introduce the topic of the climate crisis. It shows that no one is too small to make a difference as well as how special the forsts are in so many ways which is why it's so important we look after them. I also really like how the giants were portrayed as they weren't shown to be horrible, they had just been too busy to stop and think about th impact they had on the environment. This is why educating about the clim ...more
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Greta and the Giantsby Zoë Tucker and gorgeously illustrated by Zoe Persico is quite literally one of the best children's books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I will sing this book's praises to the brightest stars in the universe and all the way back because that's how good it is. The biggest problem I have with this book is the fact that the "giants" of our world are nothing like the giants of hers who eventually learn and make an effort to change the horrible th
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BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
What I Loved: The illustrations were perfect. The giants looked so large while everything else was so small. The way the animals were drawn, was just beautiful. The wolf on one page, just looked amazing. I was very pleased with the art throughout the book, and my daughter appreciated it too. She had a lot of questions on each page because there was so much to look at.

How I Felt: So, I don't read the synopsis on books...a LOT. I like to be pulled in by the cover art and the title. I grabbed this
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Rebecca
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this I was surprised, as I expected it to be a picture book depicting the life of Greta Thunberg. I have read a number of books about Greta recently for middle grade and older readers, so I thought a picture book would be a great addition to this collection.

That is not what this picture book is though. As the blurb states (which I obviously didn't read properly), this is an allegory (a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a
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Ella
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a perfect way of spreading the message of climate change to younger children. The book covers the story of how Greta helped to save the forest and the animals even though she is much smaller than the giants, simplifying Greta Thunberg's journey to spreading awareness around climate change. There is an important message in the book that nobody is too small to make a difference and that together we can help the environment to recover. I would use this book in KS1 or year 3 alongside t ...more
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