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The Sleeping Giant

(1991)
A Picture Book by

 
 
Off the coast of Ireland there lies an island. It looks just like a giant sleeping in the sea. What if it really is a giant-and what if, one day, the Sleeping Giant wakes up? In this beautifully illustrated picture book Marie Louise Fitzpatrick tells the story of a Kerry giant whose size and clumsiness annoy his neighbors so much that they appeal to their king for help. The local druid concocts a special stew which makes the giant sleepy. He wades out to the sea off Dingle, lies down and falls fast asleep. He sleeps and sleeps. Grass and seaweed cover him. Eventually people forget who he is and begin to believe that he is a small island. Centuries later, the giant wakes up and causes havoc, terrifying locals and tourists alike. Unable to find his friends, who have died hundreds of years ago, he feels lonely and goes back out to sea where he sits down and starts to cry. Then along comes a little girl called Ann who volunteers to talk to him. She is flown out in a helicopter and persuades him that really the people are very fond of him. . . . Together they come up with a solution that keeps everyone happy.

    

Used availability for Marie Louise Fitzpatrick's The Sleeping Giant

Hardback Editions

May 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: Sleeping Giant
Author(s): Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
ISBN: 0-613-86919-2 / 978-0-613-86919-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources
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November 1991 : UK Hardback

Title: The Sleeping Giant
Author(s): Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
ISBN: 0-86322-121-1 / 978-0-86322-121-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sleeping Giant
Author(s): Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
ISBN: 0-86327-643-1 / 978-0-86327-643-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Merlin Publishing
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September 1997 : UK Paperback

Title: The Sleeping Giant
Author(s): Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
ISBN: 0-86322-240-4 / 978-0-86322-240-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA