Glow-Worm in James & the Giant Peach

Instructor: Jenny Homer

Jenny has masters' degrees in public health and public administration.

In this lesson, we'll get to know the Glow-worm, one of the creatures who has a grand adventure with a boy named James in 'James and the Giant Peach'. Find out about Glow-worm's special ability and how it helps the group.

A Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach, a book by Roald Dahl, tells the story of a lonely boy named James, who lives with two mean aunts. James is given a bag of magical green things made from crocodile tongues and drops them outside by accident. When they fall into the soil, magical things start happening.

First, a peach grows to be bigger than a house! James finds a path inside the peach and meets a group of garden creatures and bugs that are his size! Together, the group leaves England and goes on a marvelous adventure on the giant peach. Eventually, they travel across the ocean and fly to New York City.

Among the group of animals that James meets is a shy and quiet Glow-worm. James doesn't notice her right away, but she has an important job and helps them all on their journey. It turns out that the Glow-worm isn't a worm, but a lady firefly that does not have wings. She's even more than three feet long!

A glow-worm
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Glow-Worm at Work

When James first sees Glow-worm, she's hanging from the ceiling upside down from her six legs. Glow-worm gives James a nice welcome, calling him her ''dear boy.'' From that spot, Glow-worm is able to light up the entire room, which comes in handy when you're traveling on a peach without electricity, a type of energy used to power lights and machines. The light from her tail looks like it's on fire, giving off a green light ''as bright as the brightest electric bulb.''

Glow-worm's ability to light up a room is very helpful. It would be very dark inside the peach without Glow-worm's light, especially at night. Silkworm and Miss Spider have work to do making thread, and can see because of Glow-worm. Her tail also lights up and glows when she's happy.

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