The giant girl and her tiny friend

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FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

EGYPT: Boustany's Publishing House

ESTONIA: Võru Instituut


TAIWAN: Jia-xi Books Co., Ltd. / Literary Agency

Original title: Jättityttö ja Pirhonen

Author: Hannele Huovi

Published: 2011

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Pages: 32

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The giant maiden’s tears flow and a river bursts its banks but the tale has a happy ending.

The book is a lively story about the world’s last giant girl Tina Higgins, who suffers from loneliness. Peter Perkins, on the other hand, is an exceptionally small boy but he is not afraid of big things. He likes to think of stars, planets and other big and distant things. One day the giant girl and Peter meet each other…

‘I’ve always admired big women,’ Peter said.
‘I think everything small is beautiful,’ said the giant girl.
‘That means we’re well matched! he said.
‘True!’ The giant sounded happy, lifted Peter to her lips and gave him a kiss.
The giant girl’s kiss was like a rainstorm. Peter nearly fainted with happiness. His life with Tina the giant maiden would be grand.

Hannele Huovi

Hannele Huovi (born 1949) is an acclaimed Finnish author who wrote her first children’s radio play while studying for her university degree. In addition to being known as a versatile creator of children’s and juvenile literature, she also writes poetry and prose for adults.

Huovi has received several awards and nominations for her work; among these is the Topelius Prize for the best Finnish youth novel in 2002 (for The Feather Chain), a Finlandia Junior nomination in 2011 (for The Giant Girl and her Tiny Friend), and a nomination for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

During her career Hannele Huovi has collaborated with a variety of illustrators and artists, namely with Kristiina Louhi (Jättityttö ja Pirhonen) and Jukka Lemmetty (Urpo ja Turpo). Hannele Huovi is also an accomplished translator into the Finnish language, having translated more than 50 children’s books.


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