Five simple and simplistic skits, transparently built around five variously obtrusive and offensive morals. The first, in...

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GIANTS: And Other Plays for Kids

Five simple and simplistic skits, transparently built around five variously obtrusive and offensive morals. The first, in which children stand on chairs playing giant, then cope with a ""real giant"" (teacher 'or counselor) who comes on the scene, and the second, in which a compassionate lion hired to catch a mouse pretends to be afraid so that the mouse can escape, are no more or less inane than the average day camp productions. But ""The Family"" purveys reductive and repugnant stereotypes of wife and husband roles while purportedly urging sympathy for parents; ""Children on the Moon"" is an anti-litter sermon with no redeeming entertainment value; and ""Wild Flowers"" admonishes against picking same, casting children as seeds and flowers in a mode we thought Harriet the Spy as an onion had destroyed for good. Fee fie ho hum.

Pub Date: Jan. 8, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973