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Series HelblingYoungReadersClassics best-loved Helbling Young Readers Classics draw on well-known and

over stories and include myths, legends, fairytales and fables from all our of part ental the world. Classic tales for children are a fundam the history. They have evolved over the years from oral tales told by ing becom words fireside to carefully illustrated stories with printed own. works of art for children to share with others or to savour on their al univers te promo and Helbling Young Readers Classics embody more moral values - values that are timeless and increasingly important in our rapidly changing world. ted By reading Helbling Young Readers Classics children will be captiva This . ge langua own and fascinated by stories they may know in their the will further facilitate comprehension and understanding, turning g. chosen title into an important tool for language learnin t Each title has been specifically chosen for relevance and interes of level riate approp to children and carefully adapted to the Helbling Young Readers.

LEVELa The Hare and the Tortoise The Three Goats

LEVEL b The Leopard and the Monkey Little Red Riding Hood

LEVELd Theseus and the Minotaur The Selfish Giant

LEVEL e Beauty and the Beast Lusmore and -the Fairies

LEVEL c The Fisherman and his Wife Peach Boy


The Selfish Giant By Oscar Wilde Retold by Maria Cleary

Illustrated

by Cecilia Tamburini


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Listen and match.

Q wood I Q river I Q flowers I Q birds I Q tree I Q grass I Q leaves j Q plants I ~

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0, read and(ยงrc}j)

True or False. TRUE FALSE

A The grass is green.

TRUE FALSE

B

There is no river.

C

There are lots of trees

D

The flowers

in the wood.

are pink and white.

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leaves

TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE

E There are some plants. F There are brown

TRUE FALSE

on the trees.

TRUE FALSE


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Look and write the words.

her his their

A This is the

Giant's

garden.

B This is the

Queen's

wood.

C This is the

children's

park.

This is ..... ............. .

This is ............... ......

This is .....................

garden.

wood.

park.

Draw and write about you. This is .................... ........'s ....... ............ ....... ... .

This 1s my ................ ............ . 3


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C,

Write.

afraid angry selfish happy sad sleepy

.... ........., ......... @ . .....

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0

Listen and@rc}i) . A

sleepy

angry

B

selfish

sad

C

angry

selfish

D

sad

happy

happy sleepy afraid afraid

afraid happy sad sleepy


f)

Listen and say the chant. Then read, match and mime. A

I'm sleepy

B

I'm sad - but you're

C

I'm angry

D

I'm happy - and I'm happier

- but you're

sleepier

sadder

- but you're

than me!

angrier

You're sleepier,

you're

but I'm happier

than you!

than me!

sadder,

than me! than you! you're

angrier

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~ Every afternoon,

the children play in the Giant's garden. It is a big garden, with twelve peach trees. In the spring they have lots of pink flowers, and in the summer they have big peaches. The birds sit in the trees. 'We are very happy here!' the children say.

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One day the Giant comes to the garden and sees the children. It is his garden. 'Who~ are you doing here?' he shouts in a very angry voice. The children run away. 'This is my garden,' says the Giant. 'No one can play here.'


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And he builds a high wall and puts up a notice. DO NOT ENTER.

He is a very selfish Giant. Now the children

have nowhere

to play.


Think. Where can you see a notice 1ike this?


Spring comes, and there are flowers and birds everywhere. But in the Giant's garden it is still winter. The birds don't want to sing because there are no children. And the flowers don't want to grow. But Winter is happy. 'Spring doesn't 1ike this garden so I can live here all year,' says Winter. And the Giant's garden is icy and cold and snowy and windy. 'I don't understand!

Spring is late this year,' says the Giant.

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are the names of the four seasons? Tell a friend. 13


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One morning, the Giant is lying in bed and he hears music. There is a bird singing outside his window. The Giant thinks it is the most beautiful music in the world. 'Spring is here at last,' says the Giant. He jumps out of bed and he looks outside. What does Ae see?


What are the children doing? Mime and say.

There is a 1ittle hole in the wall and ¡ the children are coming into the garden.

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They are sitting in the trees. There is a child in every tree. The trees are happy and they have lots of pink flowers.


But in one corner it is still winter. There is a boy standing in this corner of the garden. He is 1ittle and he can't c 1imb into the tree. The 1ittle boy is crying. The Giant sees the 1ittle boy and he is sad. 'I am selfish!' he says. 'I want to put the little boy in the tree. My garden is the children's garden now.'

Think. Why is it still winter in one corner of the garden?

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The Giant goes into the garden. The children are afraid and they run away. The flowers fall from the trees and the birds stop singing.


The little boy in the corner doesn't run away. He is crying and he doesn't see the Giant. The Giant walks over to him and he puts him into the tree. Now the tree has lots of pink flowers. The little boy puts his arms around the Giant's neck, and he kisses him. The other children see the little boy and the Giant and they come back. 'It is your garden now, children,' says the Giant.

Is the Giant Tick (v').

D

Yes

D

selfish No

now?


Every day, the children come and play with the Giant. But the 1ittle boy never comes back. The Giant is kind to all the children, but he thinks of his little friend and he feels sad. The Giant looks at the children in the garden. 'I have many beautiful flowers,' he says, 'but the children are the most beautiful flowers of all'.

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Look at the Giant. Describe him to a friend.

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One winter morning he looks out of his window. He can't be 1ieve what he sees. In the corner of the garden there is a tree covered with flowers. The 1ittle boy is standing under the tree. · The Giant runs out into the garden. And the 1ittle boy smiles at the Giant, and says, • 'You let me play in your garden; • today you are coming with me to my garden.' When the children run into the garden that afternoon, they find the · · Giant lying under the tree. He is covered with flowers.

Think.

Where

is the little

boy's

garden?


0

Look, read and put the story in order.

The Giant thinks is selfish.

he

A bird sings outside Giant's window.

the

The Giant is covered with flowers.

The Giant builds a high wall and puts up a notice.

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Every day the children come and play with the Giant.

Look and tell the story to a friend.


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Complete the sentences with the correct verbs. A

Every afternoon, the children in the Giant's garden.

B The Giant C

............................. out of bed.

G

goes jumps play puts

............................ into the garden.

The little boy ...... ................... ... his arms around the Giant's neck.

H They ........... ................ the Giant

~

find

'I am selfish!' he .......... ................. . .

F The Giant G

builds

.......... . ............ ... a high wall.

The Giant ........ ...... ............... it is the most beautiful music in the world.

D The Giant E

.......... ................ ...

says thinks

lying under the tree.

Read, Listen and repeat. Match the people with their words.

@ We are very happy here!

. Today you are coming with me to my garden.

@

ÂŽ

Q The little

This is my garden.

boy

Q The children

j

Q The Giant 27


e

Read and match.

A The tree

is covered

with snow.

B The tree

is covered

with flowers.

C The leaves

D The tree

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0

Look at

is full of peaches.

C, and write.

A In spring

C In autumn

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fall from the tree.

............ . B In summer ............. ........................... .................... . D In winter ........ ....................

............................................... ........................................ . ..........


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f)

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...

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Read, Listen and say the chant. January,

February,

March, April,

May, June, July, August, September, And don't forget

E)

Look at

f)

October,

November,

December.

and write the months.

In my country Winter

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0

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Ask and tell a friend.

No, I like summer.

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G

Read and match the questions and answers.

questions

---------answers

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4DListen and check.


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48 Listen and point.

e

c:x?

Read and match with

48.

Q

The little

boy is singing . ,

Q

The little

boy is saying

Q

The Giant is shouting.

Q

The little

his name . j ,

boy is whispering.

'9 Ask and tell a friend. What am I doing? You are whispering .

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Notices Make notices for the park or for your bedroom at home.

You need:

coloured~ orwhiteWJ) A4 card

2 Decorate

your notice.

A4 pieces of cardboard glue ~ colours or paints

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the plastic

the cardboard.

transparent sleeve or plastic covering

in sleeve.

4 Put your notice

3 Stick the card onto

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5 Hang up your notice .

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The SelftshGiant By Oscar Wilde

When the Selfish Giant sees the children in his garden, he is angry and he builds a high wall. Now the children have nowhere to play. Spring comes, . but in the Giant's garden it is still winter. One morning the Giant wakes up and he has a wonderful surprise . What does the Giant see in his garden that morning? And how does it change him forever?

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