Maybe it’s because of the upcoming release of the BFG movie, or the fact that this month’s read aloud is from the Book of Giant Stories, or that my very first published book, The Giant King, is going to print for the third time this month, but I have been thinking a lot about giants recently.

As a little girl growing up in Scotland, I loved giant stories –Finn McCool, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Selfish Giant, and Gulliver’s Travels, to name but a few from our Celtic treasure trove.

And after twenty years of reading aloud at an inner city school I know that children today still love their giant stories.

These were some of our favorites:

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Story giants can sometimes be mean and fierce, but more often than not, they are benevolent and well meaning, and sometimes they even have to rely on a little child to help them solve a problem – as in this month’s story cast, The Giant who was afraid of Butterflies.  Thus children see that brawn and might alone cannot always save the day – no matter our size, we need courage and compassion to tame the demons and scare away the dragons.

Not a bad nugget of wisdom to pass along in the world we live in today.

There is nothing so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as real strength.”  Francis de Sales (Patron Saint of Writers)

Listen to: The Giant Who Was Afraid of Butterflies