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The giant of Seville a "tall" tale based on a true story

by Andreasen, Dan.

Format: Book on CD 2007
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB j 92 BATES Martin
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB j 92 BATES Martin
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Childrens' Audio Visual j CD KIT GIA
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Childrens' Audio Visual
Call Number  j CD KIT GIA
The Giant of Seville
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Seville, Ohio, is so quiet that you can hear the corn grow until a giant comes to town. Nearly eight feet tall, Captain Martin Van Buren is searching for a friendly community in which to settle down. Seville's residents welcome him, but accommodating a guest of his stature proves difficult. He is too big for the beds at the inn, he needs skyscrapers of flapjacks for breakfast, and he crashes through parlor floors. I'm too tall for Seville, he says. The determined townspeople, however, work together to build a home large enough for the giant and his equally statuesque wife. An endnote introduces the historical people and events that inspired the story, and Andreasen extends the tale's old-fashioned feel in detailed, color-washed ink drawings of townspeople in nineteenth-century dress. The true tall tale, as the subtitle's pun notes, features a well-paced text filled with exaggerated, folksy descriptions (a stovepipe hat as big as a pickle barrel! ) that will make for a lighthearted, satisfying read-aloud. Suggest this also for discussions about cooperation and accepting diversity. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Andreasen (With a Little Help from Daddy) takes a true larger-than-life character and imagines the possibilities of attempting to fit into normal society. Captain Martin Van Buren Bates, a giant of a fellow who one day arrives in the sleepy town of Seville, Ohio, sports "a stovepipe hat the size of a pickle barrel!" Since he and his equally oversize wife have retired from the circus, Bates is searching for the perfect place for them to settle down. He rents a room in Mrs. Crawley's boardinghouse, and the people of Seville, deeming his arrival "the most exciting thing ever to happen" in their town, want to make the fellow feel at home. But though kind Mrs. Crawley gives him a room with a king-size bed, Bates must open the window and stick his feet outside in order to fully stretch out. After the overlarge fellow accidentally does some damage and feels perhaps he's too big for the town, the residents pitch in to build a giant-size house so the newcomer and his wife will stay. A concluding note describes the real Bates, born in 1845, who reached a height of almost eight feet and a weight of 525 pounds. Andreasen's pastel-hued, crosshatch illustrations take on an old-time feel and ably capture the good natures of both giant and townsfolk. A standout image shows the captain carrying Mrs. Bates across the threshold into their new home-the doorframe filling the entire full-page illustration. A folksy, big-hearted tale. Ages 3-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Recorded Books new reader.
Subjects Bates, Martin Van Buren, -- 1837-1919
Giants -- Ohio -- Biography.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2007
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Nebelthau, Alan, narrator.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Alan Nebelthau.
Audience 5 years and up.
Language English
Notes In container (23 cm.).
Title from container.
"Unabridged Fiction"--Container.
"The same text is on both discs. Disc 2 has page-turn signals"--Container.
"With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking"--Container.
Compact disc.
Description 2 audio discs (15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book.
ISBN 9781428175679 (kit)
1428175679 (kit)
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