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Boy – Tales of Childhood

Information   Description   Reviews   Awards   Fun Stuff   Teacher Resources   Cover Illustrations   German, Norwegian, Spanish Cover Illustrations


Information

  • First editions:
    • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984, USA.
    • Jonathan Cape, 1984, Great Britain.
      • Value (circa 1989) in Fine condition
        • $12-$15
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Description

"Boy" is a fascinating memoir of Roald Dahl's childhood. Dahl shares his stories about his family, life at school and his first job. One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is that you can see the real events and preoccupations that shaped Dahl's fiction writing. As Anne Faundez writes in Junior Education, "His delight in the sweet shop and in chocolate bars, his fascination with flying, his interest in nature and his brush with bullying and corporal punishment are just some of the personal experiences with stayed with him and which he wove into his stories." The book features many black-and-white photos and extracts from letters in Roald Dahl's own handwriting.   [from roalddahl.com]


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Awards

  • Boston Globe-Horn Books Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (USA 1985)

Fun Stuff


Teacher Resources

  • Boy - Tales of Childhood
    • Unit Lesson Plan
      • Includes unit of instruction for 20 lessons, 5 lesson plans, condensed first lesson, autobiographical scaffold, and comparative question
    • "Goat's Tobacco" Activities
      • Includes a number of story analysis exercises pertaining to the "Goat's Tobacco" incident
    • Book Review & Activity
      • Fun activity to help improve studentsí ability to write with descriptive details that allow the reader to visualize in their head.
    • Vague Pronouns
      • Students read and analyze a mentor text (an excerpt from Boy - Tales of Childhood), write their own narrative vignette, and analyze their use of pronouns in their vignette.

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Farrar, 1984
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Farrar, 1984
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Heinemann, 1986
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Puffin, 1986
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Penguin, 1988
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Puffin, 1999
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Puffin, 2001
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Puffin, 2008
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Puffin, 2009
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Penguin, 2011
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German Cover Illustration – "Gutt"

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Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH, 1995
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German Cover Illustration – "Boy - Schönes und Schrekliches aus meiner Kinderzeit"

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Spanish Cover Illustration – "Boy (Relatos De Infancia)"

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Santillana USA Pub Co Inc, 1999
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