James & the Giant Peach Chapters 31-35 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.

James and the insects have now faced sharks, seagulls, and angry Cloud-Men on their adventure. What else could possibly go wrong? Just when they think they are in the clear and ready to land the peach, more disaster occurs. Let's see what happens in Chapters 31-35 of ''James and the Giant Peach'' by Roald Dahl.

The Sky is Falling

Everyone knows the story of ''Chicken Little.'' An apple falls on the little chick's head and he begins yelling, ''The sky is falling; the sky is falling!'' All of the other characters believe Chicken Little, and widespread panic spreads for no reason.

In Chapters 31-35 of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, the same misconception, or misunderstanding, happens. The people of New York suddenly see a giant circular object falling out of the sky toward their city. They immediately think it's a bomb and start spreading rumors that the world is ending. In this lesson, we'll look at what happens when the giant peach finally begins to make its descent.

Chapter 31

Let's remember where we left James, the insects, and the giant peach. They have untangled themselves from the rainbow strings. The dark cloud drenched them and cleaned off the paint splatter.

Now in Chapter 31, the seagulls begin to fly away quickly, trailing the peach behind them. They see some more Cloud-Men working away in the clouds with their wives and children.

In the darkness of the night, they see a giant bat swarm around them, which makes them long for the light of day. They wait anxiously for morning.

Chapter 32

James and the insects see land, so James tells them to cut away a few of the seagulls, so the peach will gradually sink to land. They see skyscrapers and realize they have sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and made it to New York.

The peach is falling fast toward New York City.
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Chapter 33

Panic spreads around New York City. Some generals and senators think that the giant peach is a bomb and telephone the president to warn him. All across the country, people are up in arms about the giant bomb approaching New York City. Everyone is panicking.

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