- 10,99 €
An exquisite new picture book from the author of the beloved This Is Sadie about a little doll whose worldview is about to get a whole lot bigger.
Gemma has always lived in a very nice little house, always slept in the same room and always worn the same clothes. A doll in an old forgotten dollhouse, Gemma wonders if she will ever grow up, but her parents tell her she will always be their little girl. Until, one day, the dollhouse is opened by a GIANT, and Gemma's whole life changes. New things are introduced into the little house -- and Gemma finally has an opportunity to leave what's familiar and see the enormous world beyond.
A story that evokes children's classics, Gemma and the Giant Girl is a gorgeously illustrated and poignant tale of what it feels like to be small in a big world and how even the smallest among us can take charge of our own destinies.
Gemma is a white, red-haired doll who lives "a very nice little life" with her Momma and Poppa in a tastefully furnished dollhouse. Working in shades of forest green and copper, Lafrance (The Lady with the Books) conveys with uncanny skill the way the dolls' limbs move stiffly and fall limply. The dollhouse's owner is long gone, but Gemma's parents tell \nstories of giants, and one day, a giant girl peers into the house, and quite literally shakes up the family's life. In a droll sequence, Lafrance draws the new items the giant girl places in the home ("Some of the new things were nice. Some were less nice"), and the surprising new clothes the family is given. One day, a giant book appears," so big that it took both her parents to turn the pages," and its pictures reveal trees, stars, and the moon all dizzying revelations to dollhouse-dweller Gemma. Not long afterward she gets a glimpse of these wonders herself. In this cozy, domestic setting, O'Leary (Maud and Grand-Maud) explores what happens as the mind takes in new information that expands one's world. Ages 3 7.