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George The Giant
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"I AM GOING TO BE THE TALLEST, AND THE STRONGEST GIANT IN THE WORLD.
ALL THE PEOPLE WILL LOVE ME AND RESPECT ME."
His giant mother had named him Gerry but he changed it to George, because he thought it sounded more grown-up.
Although, even though he was not yet fully-grown, he stood as high as the houses in the village.
He would stand and look over the houses at the grown-ups and children who lived there and often he would make them jump when he roared down to speak to them.
"PLEASE DON'T BE FRIGHTENED OF ME. I WILL NOT HARM YOU. GEORGE THE GIANT IS HERE TO PROTECT YOU ALL AND TO SEE NO ONE HARMS YOU."
There was one little boy in the village, who certainly wasn't scared of George the Giant, his name was George as well.
Many times the little boy had tried to speak to George the giant, but he was too high in the air to hear his voice.
One day little George had an idea.
As he was good at climbing trees, he was sure he could climb up the giant so that he could speak to him and tell him that he wanted to be his friend.
Very early the next morning, before anyone was awake, he left his house.
Looking up to the sky he could see that George the giant was still standing near the house on the corner.
He wasn't moving, so little George guessed he was still asleep.
"Yak!" cried little George. "Your feet are all green and slippery and your toenails need cutting, they are as sharp as knives." Little George held his nose. "AND, goodness me, I think your feet need washing."
Little George was not put off.
He started to grip on to one of the Giants toes to help him climb.
The toes were as big as a thick branch on a tree.
He thought he might be able to crawl along his foot to reach his ankle, where he might find something he could grip again.
"Ouch! What was that?'
George felt the giant's foot move, it felt like a boat rocking in rough seas.
He had to grip harder on the toe, so he didn't fall off.
"SOMETHING IS CRAWLING ON MY TOES." Bellowed the Giant.
"I CAN'T SEE MY TOES FROM UP HERE."
The Giant wasn't very happy.
"WHATEVER THAT IS CRAWLING ON MY TOES, GET OFF RIGHT NOW."
George the giant shook his toes once again, and little George wondered how long he could hold on.
'I'll hold on until the giant has stopped bellowing,' George thought to himself. 'When all is still and quiet again, I will make a move for his ankle.'
'I wish there was another way I could make the giant hear what I am saying, but it looks as though I will have to carry on climbing up his green slimy body to reach his ear.' Little George puffed.
At last, after much slipping and sliding, Little George made a grab for the big bone on the giant's ankle.
It was a huge bone, and it was difficult for little George to get a grip.
George the giant started to bellow again:
"GET OFF MY ANKLE YOU HORRIBLE CREEPY CRAWLY. IF YOU DON'T MOVE STRAIGHT AWAY, I WILL BEND DOWN AND GRAB YOU. THEN YOU WILL BE CRUSHED IN MY HAND."
By this time the giant had bellowed and roared so much that he'd woken all the people in the village. They stood in the road near the corner house where the giant was standing. The houses shook each time he roared and some of the windows had broken.
Little George had his back resting on the giants foot, whilst he tried to think of another way of making the giant hear him.
He could see all the people in the road looking up at the giant.
All of a sudden, WHOOSH!
The giants massive hand swept little George up in the air.
He was scared, and he was sure the giant would crush him in his hand.
Once again, the giant bellowed.
"NOW I WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT SORT OF CREEPY CRAWLY, HAS THE NERVE TO CRAWL ALL OVER MY TOES AND FOOT."
Little George, jumped around in the palm of the giants huge hand and shouted as loud as he could.
"Please Mr Giant, I only wanted to talk to you and let you know that I want to be your friend."
However much little George shouted the giant didn't hear him.
Little George was rocking about in the palm of the giants massive hand for ages. Eventually he could see the light showing through the giant's fingers.
Little George could just about see the outline of the giants face. 'My goodness', he thought, 'You are so ugly, and your huge yellow teeth are smelly and like huge yellow icicles, hanging from a hole in a mountain.'
As the giant slowly opened his hand, he stared down at little George.
"YOU'RE NOT A CREEPY CRAWLY. CREEPY CRAWLIES DON'T WEAR CLOTHES. I KNOW WHO YOU ARE;" the giant roared "YOU'RE ONE OF THE CHILDREN FROM THE VILLAGE."
"Yes, that's right." Little George managed to climb along the side of the giants whiskery face, to reach his ear.
"Can you hear what I'm saying now, Mr Giant?"
"YES, I CAN HEAR YOU NOW."
"How do you do," Little George, reached out for the giant's long finger and shook it. "My name is George, and I was climbing up so that I could talk to you and tell you that I wanted to be your friend."
"WELL, WELL, WELL" The giant started to roar with laughter. "MY NAME IS GEORGE TOO, OF COURSE YOU CAN BE MY FRIEND."
The giant promised little George that he would watch over the village, but stand away from the houses so as not to shake them when he spoke. He also promised that when he was really grown up, and became the king of the giants, he would see that no harm came to the people who lived in the village.
"AS FOR YOU, LITTLE GEORGE, ANY TIME YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME, OR NEED MY HELP, JUST TAP THREE TIMES ON MY LITTLE TOE, AND I WILL LIFT YOU UP TO MY EAR."
"Thank you George the giant, you are the kindest giant in the world."
As the giant put little George safely on the ground he ran off to tell his mum and dad about his adventure.
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