Some say that Rabbie, the carpenter's son, is a dreamer; but Rabbie says he works from his heart, carving not what is, but what could be. When Rabbie goes to a distant town to sell his carvings, he finds the town besieged by a fierce and destructive giant. The townspeople despair, but Rabbie suggests that if the giant were treated like a king, he might behave like one. The message of this heart-warming fable is charming: that which is loved will reveal its loveliness.
The Giant King is an ideal choice for children in kindergarten through 4th grade. Its underlying themes of belonging, kindness, and peacemaking can be tied into many aspects of a school's curriculum: social studies, reading, writing, art, research activities, and drama. The associated Educators' Guide helps parents and teachers choose one or several areas to focus on depending on the child's grade level and interest.