James & the Giant Peach Chapters 36-39 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.

We've reached the end of James's incredible journey in the giant peach! In this lesson we'll look at Chapters 36-39 of ''James and the Giant Peach'' by Roald Dahl. Let's find out what happens to James and his insect friends.

Sky-diving in a Peach

Have you ever wanted to sky-dive? Some people find it fun to fling themselves out of a plane way up in the air, while others might consider that horrifying! In James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, we left James and his insect friends in just such a position, falling through the air in a terrifying death drop. Let's see what happens to them, and how their adventure comes to an end, in chapters 36-39 of the book.

Chapter 36

We are right in the middle of the climax, or the most exciting pinnacle moment, of James and the Giant Peach. The insects and James are plummeting to the earth, in the middle of New York City, about to face their doom…when suddenly, the peach gets squelched on the utmost point of the Empire State building!

The peach is skewered on the needle on top of the Empire State Building.
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Chapter 37

When the people down below on earth realize that the giant peach is not a bomb after all, they come pouring out on the streets to gawk at the incredible spectacle. They think the peach is a UFO. They think that the Centipede is a dragon. All around, they are completely stumped by what this giant, unknown object and visitors could be.

When James comes out, the policemen, firemen, and civilians below ask what in the world he is doing up there with those crazy creatures? James reassures them that the insects are safe and friendly and introduces them to each one.

Chapter 38

When James and the insects come down from the peach, they are greeted as heroes! They have a parade through town, and James tells the children to eat from the peach before it spoils. Ten thousand little kids eat at the peach until it is gone completely.

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