James and the Giant Peach is a fabulous, classic novel by Roald Dahl. True to the Roald Dahl style, it is quirky, funny, and absolutely absurd. Everything students love in a book! It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.
Roald Dahl is the expert at writing fantastical stories that grab the reader’s attention. He makes you empathize with his downtrodden main character, and the reader becomes attached as the character goes on to great victory. In between, the language and the fantasy entrances you.
From the Book Jacket:
When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts’ house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away–and the adventure begins!
I offer a complete novel study to accompany James and the Giant Peach for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.
Your students will be enchanted by James and his cast of friends, they won’t want to put the book down through the adventures James and his friends encounter on their great peach journey. They will cheer as everything turns out peachy for James. This is a great story to use for fun and class bonding. It sends a great message about not accepting the cards that are given, but striving for the unimaginable, no matter how absurd it may be!
Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!
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