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Title: The Mysterious Giant of Barletta by Tomie DePaola


1
The Mysterious Giant of Barletta by Tomie
DePaola
  • Theme 3

2
Awards
  • Notable Childrens Trade Book in the Field of
    Social Studies
  • Best Books for Children
  • IRA/CBC Childrens Choices

3
Genre Folktale
  • A folktale is a type of incredible story that
    traditionally was passed down orally, not written
    down.
  • Something that is incredible is amazing,
    unbelievable, or not likely to happen.
  • This story is from an old oral tradition adapted
    by the author.

4
Summary
  • The town of Barletta faces destruction until Zia
    Concetta asks the towns giant statue for help.
    With a clever idea, help from the townspeople,
    and an onion, the giant outwits the army and
    restores peace.

5
Background Information
  • Barletta is a city in Italy. The statue in the
    story is a real statue that still stands there
    today.

6
Key Concept
  • the mysterious statue in Barletta, Italy

7
Key Vocabulary
  • giant
  • mysterious
  • pedestal
  • square
  • statue
  • weakling

8
giant
a huge, strong, imaginary creature that looks
like a human
9
mysterious
very hard to explain or understand
10
pedestal
the base on which a statue stands
11
square
an open area in the center of town
12
statue
an image, often of a person or animal, usually
made of stone, metal, or wood
13
weakling
a person lacking in power or strength
14
Strategy Focus Question
  • We question to help us understand what we see
    and/or read.
  • As you read about Barletta and the giant, think
    of questions about
  • the town
  • its people
  • and the strange things that happen there.

15
Strategy Focus Question
Lets try it!
  • Where does the Mysterious
  • Giant stand? (p 295)

or
How does the Giant use an onion to help save the
town? (p 304-306)
16
Comprehension Skill Focus Following Directions
  • An action plan is an organizer we will use to
    list the steps used to solve a problem.
  • Before beginning the plan, you must find the
    problem and the characters involved with solving
    it.
  • In The Mysterious Giant of Barletta, the problem
    is that the army is coming to destroy their town.
  • The characters who solve the problem are the
    townspeople and the Giant.

17
Graphic Organizer
Fill in the organizer with details from the story.
18
Meet the Author and Illustrator
  • By the age of four, Tomie dePaola knew what he
    wanted to be when he grew up an artist and
    writer. (He also wanted to be a singer and tap
    dancer!) His parents bought his art supplies and
    let him work in a special space in the attic. Now
    Tomie dePaola works in a very old barn at his
    home in New Hampshire. At different times, Tomie
    dePaola has designed posters, greeting cards, and
    stage sets. He painted church murals and taught
    art, too. Now, though, he writes and illustrates
    children's books and paints pictures for
    galleries. His dream, he says, is that at least
    one of his books or pictures "will touch the
    heart of some individual child and change that
    child's life for the better."
  • Tomie dePaola is very popular with his
    readers. More than 5,000,000 (that's five
    MILLION!) copies of his books have been sold.
    Each year, he gets over 100,000 fan letters and
    more than 1,000 invitations to speak. This
    author/illustrator loves dogs especially Welsh
    terriers.
  • (from www.eduplace.com)

19
Link to Houghton Mifflin
  • If you enjoyed reading The Mysterious Giant of
    Barletta and would like to check out some more
    information and activities, click below to go to
    www.eduplace.com, Houghton Mifflins web site.

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