When Angus MacAskill was still just a boy, he began to grow...and grow...and grow! Known far and wide as the Cape Breton Giant, Angus was loved by his neighbours as much for his beautiful singing voice as for his renowned strength. But as much as Angus loved his little town of St. Ann's, Cape Breton, he decided to leave and seek fortune and adventure.
With heartfelt text from critically acclaimed author Tom Ryan and meticulously researched and joyful illustrations from Christopher Hoyt (A is for Adventure), A Giant Man from a Tiny Town tells the story of a remarkable man who travelled the world performing for crowds, but never stopped longing to return to the place he loved the best: his Cape Breton home.
Tom Ryan playfully recounts the story of the Cape Breton Giant who stood 7 foot 9. He toured the world with P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb, and Queen Victoria declared him "the tallest, stoutest and strongest man to ever enter the palace." But he also returned to Cape Breton after seeing the world. Christopher Hoyt's gentle watercolour illustrations add depth and richness to MacAskill's story.
The simple yet poetic narrative has a nostalgic feel. In addition, the black middle-size font moves around the pages intertwining with illustrations that portray the story's heartwarming sentiments. Hoyt uses a soft palette of light blue, green, and brown with flashes of red to deliver the tone of the art that progresses harmoniously with the text. This picture book can be used as part of different primary grades' curricular units at school on individual differences and tolerance, 19th-century life in urban and rural towns, and interesting historical figures. This engaging and easy-to-follow title will charm primary grade readers.