Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world: 1
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We should add that this review is not a reflection on Greta Thunberg. Placing activists on a pedestal and in isolation is typical of the corporate media and children’s books — we have seen the same pattern with Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai, and numerous others. Lovely art accompanies this story that highlights the importance of climate change, simplifying it enough for small children to easily grasp. It is a fable about a little girl trying to protect her forest from greedy giants who are destroying it. Although the story is more fantastical then realistic, it is really uplifting and has a happy ending.
Greta lives in the heart of the forest along with all the animals. One day, the animals approach her for help, scared that the greedy Giants are ruining their home. They chop down trees to build bigger and bigger homes, ignoring the beauty and habitat of the forest, preferring to build sprawling cities to accommodate their Giant needs. Greta decides to start a protest, asking the Giants to stop. At first, she is ignored, but then people join her protest and eventually the Giant's are forced to listen. Embarrassed and ashamed, they realise that their actions have been ruining the forest. They put their greed aside and start appreciating the forest again, allowing it to return to its original beauty. I had some mixed feelings about this book jumping on the Greta Thunberg bandwagon. Greta herself is all about action, not about accolades, Recently she turned down an award of some fifty thousand dollars because that's not what she's about - although I do have to confess I don't get why she didn't accept it and donate the money to some organization that's doing something about the climate! But it was her choice, not mine, and I have to express some concern about those who might want to co-opt her good will and momentum, and try to profit from it.This is told like a little bit of a fairytale. Greta lives in a forest and the animals are being wiped out by giants who have built cities and factories and are killing everything. Greta isn’t scared and she stands up to them by protesting. It’s a lovely story, because in this one, the giants actually listen to the kids and make changes and save the world unlike the real world where they listen to her and ignore her and go about their business, at least some of them. What a beautifully written and illustrated book! Above all, the message that emanates serves such a purpose in today's world and is conveyed so well for younger readers.
The illustrations are lush, colorful, and well rendered. There are all kinds of small details which will encourage lingering over the illustrations and finding different details. It would make a good bedtime story selection as well. This is an absolutely gorgeous picture book inspired by Greta Thunberg and her fight against climate change and the institutions that will not change to save this world. When I started reading this I was surprised, as I expected it to be a picture book depicting the life of Greta Thunberg. I have read a number of books about Greta recently for middle grade and older readers, so I thought a picture book would be a great addition to this collection.If there were an aspect that may be improved, I would encourage a part of the narrative to rely purely on further inspection of the illustrations in the manner of (for example) Pat Hutchin's old classic, 'Rosie's Walk'. For, in my opinion, that is when a picture book transcends; offering something beyond an illustrated story or an animated tale. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this offering to introduce children to the international impact just one small voice can have when combined with resilience, belief and determination. Greta lives in the heart of a beautiful forest where she is friends with the animals who also live there. However, Giants (humans) are destroying their home, so the animals beg Greta for help. The Giants are portrayed as the destructors of the forest, taking more and more trees in their greed and desire to build more and more. There is a stark contrast between the bright and colourful images of the forest and the darkness and ugliness of the city.
Armistice Day: A Collection of Remembrance - Spark Interest and Educate Children about Historical Moments The picture book uses an allegory of giants who have cut almost all the forest where little Greta lives to stand for governments and corporations, key players in our current environmental crisis. This beautifully illustrated story is easy to understand and follow even for very young children, and it carries a very important message: we have a serious problem which can only be solved if we act together. In allegorical tribute to teen eco-activist Greta Thunberg, a child saves a forest from heedless pillagers.
This allegorical story is aimed at 4-7-year olds: the simple, descriptive language and bright, colourful pictures will really capture the imagination of this age group. The story is told just as much through the pictures as through the text. Greta and the Giants is inspired by the young climate change activist, Greta Thunberg: there is further information about Greta’s campaign to have the damage caused by climate change taken seriously at the end of the book, as well as ways to help her.