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A Book of Giants
First US edition
Author Ruth Manning-Sanders
Illustrator Robin Jacques
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Fairy Tales
Publisher Methuen & Co. Ltd. (UK)
E. P. Dutton (US)
Publication date
1962 (UK)
1963 (US)
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 125 pp

A Book of Giants is a 1963 anthology of 13 fairy tales from Europe that have been collected and retold by Ruth Manning-Sanders. It is one in a long series of such anthologies by Manning-Sanders. It was the first anthology to receive the familiar "A Book of..." title that Manning-Sanders would become notable for.

This book was first published in the United Kingdom in 1962, by Methuen & Co. Ltd. It has been used in schools as a study aid.

Some of the tales from this book are also included in A Choice of Magic (1971) by Manning-Sanders. And some of the tales from this book are included in Folk and Fairy Tales (1978) by Manning-Sanders.

And in the foreword, Manning-Sanders discusses the long-ago roots of tales about giants: "The stories in this book are very old, and they come from many countries. We don't know who first told the story of Jack and the Beanstalk; but it has always been a favourite, and it used to be hawked around England in those little stitched-together pamphlets, called chapbooks, which travelling pedlars sold to the countryfolk for a penny or two each."

The author adds: "You will notice that the giants, wherever they come from, have one thing in common: they are all very stupid, and the way to overcome them is to use your wits."

Table of contents

i. Jack and the Giant Cormoran
ii. Jack and the Giant Tantarem
iii. Jack and the Welsh Giant
iv. Jack, the King of England's Son, and the Giant with Three Heads
v. Jack and the Giant Thunderdell
vi. Jack, the Giant Galligantua, and the Enchanter
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