Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant's garden. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl. The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won't let any of the children play in it. The Oscar Wilde BBC Radio Drama Collection. The Selfish Giant (Picture Books) Paperback – August 1, The Selfish Giant & Other Classic Tales: Six Illustrated Stories By. This short story, written by Oscar Wilde, is actually written for children, but has a classic storyline even adults can enjoy.

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The Selfish Giant book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This magnificent new edition of Oscar Wilde's beloved tale tells. The Selfish Giant can refer to: One of the five stories in the collection The Happy Prince and Other Tales () by Oscar Wilde. The Selfish Giant ( film). Front cover of a picture book edition of "the Selfish Giant" illustrated by Pablo Ramirez. "The Selfish Giant" is a short fantasy story for children by the Irish author .

Every day for three hours he rattled on the roof of the castle till he broke most of the slates, and then he ran round and round the garden as fast as he could go. He was dressed in grey, and his breath was like ice. The Autumn gave golden fruit to every garden, but to the Giant's garden she gave none.

Oscar Wilde: The Selfish Giant (elementary)

So it was always Winter there, and the North Wind, and the Hail, and the Frost, and the Snow danced about through the trees. One morning the Giant was lying awake in bed when he heard some lovely music.

It sounded so sweet to his ears that he thought it must be the King's musicians passing by. It was really only a little linnet singing outside his window, but it was so long since he had heard a bird sing in his garden that it seemed to him to be the most beautiful music in the world.

Then the Hail stopped dancing over his head, and the North Wind ceased roaring, and a delicious perfume came to him through the open casement. He saw a most wonderful sight. Through a little hole in the wall the children had crept in, and they were sitting in the branches of the trees. In every tree that he could see there was a little child. And the trees were so glad to have the children back again that they had covered themselves with blossoms, and were waving their arms gently above the children's heads.

The birds were flying about and twittering with delight, and the flowers were looking up through the green grass and laughing.

It was a lovely scene, only in one corner it was still Winter. It was the farthest corner of the garden, and in it was standing a little boy.

He was so small that he could not reach up to the branches of the tree, and he was wandering all round it, crying bitterly. The poor tree was still quite covered with frost and snow, and the North Wind was blowing and roaring above it.

And the Giant's heart melted as he looked out. I will put that poor little boy on the top of the tree, and then I will knock down the wall, and my garden shall be the children's playground for ever and ever. So he crept downstairs and opened the front door quite softly, and went out into the garden. But when the children saw him they were so frightened that they all ran away, and the garden became Winter again.

Only the little boy did not run, for his eyes were so full of tears that he died not see the Giant coming. And the Giant stole up behind him and took him gently in his hand, and put him up into the tree. And the tree broke at once into blossom, and the birds came and sang on it, and the little boy stretched out his two arms and flung them round the Giant's neck, and kissed him.

And the other children, when they saw that the Giant was not wicked any longer, came running back, and with them came the Spring. And when the people were gong to market at twelve o'clock they found the Giant playing with the children in the most beautiful garden they had ever seen.

There is also a sense that the Giant in his own way loves the little boy such is the joy that the Giant gets from seeing the boy play in the garden. It is possible that Wilde is suggesting that with the arrival of spring rather than there being growth and the flowers blooming the coldness of the winter remains. Which in many ways mirrors how the Giant has treated the children by not allowing them play in his garden.

He too has been cold.

If not arrogant. It may also be a case that Wilde is exploring the theme of pain. The effects that the Giant incurs when he is no longer able to see the little boy suggest not only was the little boy his favourite but it also highlights how lonely the Giant is feeling.


Despite all the other children now playing in the garden. There is also no doubt that the little boy is special. Something that is noticeable by the wounds on his hands and feet.

These wounds mirror the wounds the Christ received when he was crucified on the cross. It is also possible that Wilde is suggesting that should an individual have the ability to share something, as the Giant does with his garden, they should share what they have with others. The benefits of sharing are clear to see in the story. Not only does the Giant bring happiness to the children but he also ensures that he will get into Heaven by his act of kindness with the little boy.

In reality the Giant has helped Christ. He has been humbled by Christ and the other children. All without him knowing why he should be chosen. From the beginning of the story the Giant is not a likeable type of character.

However as the story progresses he becomes nicer and more likeable.

Rather than throwing the children out of his garden he allows them to play in the garden. It is as though the Giant has changed his personality. Firstly it was his garden that he loved by the end of the story it is what the garden can do for others which is the most important thing for the Giant.

Though some critics might suggest that the Giant has done very little, by allowing the children play in his garden. He has in reality given all that he has to the children.The birds did not care to sing in it as there were no children, and the trees forgot to blossom.

Downstairs ran the Giant in great joy, and out into the garden.

I only gave it 4 stars because it kinda felt too preachy. Then an encounter with one special child hidden in a far corner of the garden - diminutive, dependent, defeated - afforded the giant an The Selfish Giant is a beautiful story Oscar Wilde wrote for children but the child in any grown person is apt to embrace it even more dearly.

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I tarried there and felt a sense of awe akin to being on hallowed ground. He saw a most wonderful sight.

Months passed with the children having nowhere to play while the giant kept the garden to himself. The giant is moved by pity, realizing how selfish he has been.

And the trees were so glad to have the children back again that they had covered themselves with blossoms, and were waving their arms gently above the children's heads. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was based on his experiences in prison and was published in

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