James & the Giant Peach: Author & Summary

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  • 0:04 Roald Dahl
  • 0:25 James & His Green Beans
  • 0:58 The Giant Peach
  • 1:36 A Dangerous Journey
  • 2:08 New York, New York
  • 2:56 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: April DeBord

April has taught Spanish and English as a Second Language and she has her Ed. S. in Foreign Language Education.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a giant piece of fruit as your home? Did you ever feel lonely and need a friend? Do you love good books? Let's learn about James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl in our lesson!

Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach was written by author Roald Dahl in 1961. Roald Dahl was born in 1916 and died in 1990. He became a successful author and poet, and in World War II served as a fighter pilot. When you read his stories your imagination is taken to new and exciting places.

James & His Green Beans

James is a lonely boy whose parents died when they were eaten by a rhinoceros. He has to go live with his two mean aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. One day, when James is outside in his backyard an old man comes by.

The old man gives him a package of green objects and tells him that if he follows the directions, something great is going to happen. Unfortunately, James trips and spills the objects onto the ground where they burrow out of sight. James is sad and then, suddenly, his aunts begin yelling.

The Giant Peach

There's a giant peach growing on their tree! It keeps on growing until it's bigger than their house. James' aunts want to make money from it, so they put up a fence and charge admission.

James isn't supposed to go near the peach, but that night he sneaks out of his house to look at it. When he spots a small hole, he decides to see what might be inside. James finds a tunnel that leads to the peach's hollow pit, or seed. There, he meets Centipede, Earthworm, Ms. Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, and others. They're a little scary, but he soon makes friends with them. Together, they make a plan to escape.

A Dangerous Journey

After the centipede cuts the peach from the tree, it rolls over Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, killing them. The peach then rolls down the hill for several miles and over a cliff, landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

During James' and his friends' journey on the ocean, many problems occur. As their unofficial leader, James helps to solve their problems. The biggest problem is they have to get away from the sharks. James and his friends tie strings around seagulls, which makes it possible for the peach to fly high above the ocean.

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