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Was the Giant happy or sad over the state of the garden?


The Giant was sad over the state of his garden. He could not understand why spring was so late in coming.
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Why is the Giant called selfish?


The Giant has a large beautiful garden and he did not allow the children to play in his garden. He drives away children and builds a high wall around his garden and put up a board 'Trespasser will be prosecuted'. Therefore, the Giant is called selfish.

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(i) When spring came, it was still winter in the garden. What does winter stand for or indicate here?


In the story, winter stands for a negative and desolate environment. In this environment, trees and flowers do not blossom. winter also refers to an atmosphere of depression and laziness. Since birds did not sing, children did not play and spring did not visit the garden, winter prolonged its stay in the garden.

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On one occasion the children said: “How happy we are here!” Later they said: “How happy we were there!” What are they referring to in both the cases?


In the first case, they are referring to the Giant’s garden where they would play while returning from school.

In the second case, they are again referring to the garden; talking about how happy they were before the Giant stopped them from playing in his garden.

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Winter has been presented like a story with its own characters and their activities. Describe the story in your own words.


Since the Giant built a high wall around his garden, the spring refuse to visit.The birds did not sing as there were no children. The trees too did not blossom. At a particular instance, a flower put its head out from the grass. However, when it saw the notice board put up by the giant, it felt sad and sorry for the children, got back on the grass, and went off to sleep.

On the other hand, snow and frost were very happy. While the snow covered the grass, the frost fell on all the trees. They invited the North Wind to stay with them, and later even the Hail was asked to visit. The Hail rattled the roof of the castle every day until some of it started breaking, and then it ran round the garden again and again as fast as it could.

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