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James & the Giant Peach Chapters 21-30 Summaries

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

Among seagulls, Cloud-Men, and rainbows, James and the insects are on an adventure of a lifetime! In Chapters 21-30, the peach soars away and the crew has to figure out what to do next. Let's see what happens in 'James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl.

Up, Up, and Away!

Have you ever imagined grabbing thousands of balloons so you could float up and away into the sky? In James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, James and the giant insects get to do just that. But instead of balloons, the crew is inside a giant peach. In Chapters 21-30, they float up, up, and away into the sky as their seagull plan works. Unfortunately, they meet other conflicts along the way. Let's read on to see what happens!

Chapters 21-22

Remember, James and the crew are stuck in the middle of a hundred sharks, swimming in circles around the peach. So they set James's plan in action! Silkworm and Spider spin web frantically by the light of Glow-worm. Grasshopper and Ladybug hold on to Earthworm, who climbs halfway out into the open. James waits for a seagull to get close, then yells for Grasshopper and Ladybug to pull Earthworm into the peach, and ties a hook of web around the seagull's neck and another to the stem of the peach.

They keep up this plan as they tie 500 seagulls to the peach! After the 502nd seagull, they are finally airborne! The peach begins to float away like a balloon.

The seagulls carry them into the air.
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Chapters 23-25

Spider crawls out on the peach to see the damage. Surprisingly, the sharks barely touched the peach, since their mouths aren't the right shape to reach it.

Grasshopper plays beautiful music for the insects and James. James is fascinated and realizes that he has a lot to learn and discover about the world.

Chapters 26-27

Centipede slips and falls down over the side of the peach. James asks Silkworm to spin web. James climbs down after him and uses the web to pull Centipede up.

The peach sails higher until the crew sees wispy, white creatures that could only be ''Cloud-Men.'' The Cloud-Men shovel balls of cloud and throw them over the edge like hail. Dahl chooses to use fantasy, or impossible, imaginary things like the Cloud-Men to enchant us in this chapter.

Centipede shouts to them, despite the other insects' better judgment. The Cloud-Men throw hailstones at the insects and James. The crew rushes down the tunnel to the inside of the peach for safety.

Chapters 28-30

When they think the coast is clear, they head out to the top of the peach again. Suddenly they see the Cloud-Men constructing a great big arch like a bridge in the sky. They paint the arch in all different colors and begin to lower it down out of the clouds with string.

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