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Reflecting on James & The Giant Peach

Fear, Family, and Transformation

Below we’ve compiled some questions that can be used for your own time of reflection or as a discussion guide with your partner, spouse, or family. If using this for a family night, take a few minutes to look through the questions and use all of them or just the ones that resonate. Feel free to add scriptures, thoughts, or other resources from your own faith tradition. You can open and/or close by praying together if you would like. We hope this will be a resource for you to take the lessons and ideas of the musical and the classic novel by Roald Dahl home with you this fall and into Thanksgiving and Christmas. Grace and peace.


If you have young children, A James & The Giant Peach coloring page is a great option to give them something to do and stay engaged for the conversation. Click here or here for a page.

(Also, click here for a crafty family activity we compiled that you can do together at the end of this reflection, instead of this reflection, or on it’s own at another time.)

  • What was your favorite part about the musical, James & The Giant Peach? Who was your favorite character and why?


  • Earthworm is afraid of everything! What is something you find yourself often being afraid of?
  • How do Earthworm’s friends support him when he is afraid? How can you help others when they are scared? How can you ask for help when you are feeling fear?

    Sacred Text for refection/meditationFor the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.
    2 Tim 1:7 (TLB)

  • After being delivered to his aunts’ home and enduring their mean treatment, James feels “stuck in the middle of a moment.” When have you felt stuck in a difficult situation? How did it turn out? What/who helped you make it through?
    Perhaps click the link above to listen to the song again and listen for a word or phrase that sticks out to you. Reflect on why that lyric grabbed you.

  • In that song, James sings about the world being okay, but having a difficult time seeing that from where he was. He gives himself encouragement to keep going, knowing there is hope for better to come. What gives you hope when you feel stuck? What can you do next time you feel stuck that can remind you to remain hopeful?



  • Although Spiker and Sponge are related to James, how do they show they are not truly “family” to him? How do the bugs treat James as family?

  • What is the definition of family? Share examples of how our family sometimes does or does not meet this definition.

  • How can we/I include people into our family, like the bugs do with James?



  • Centipede doubts James because of his previous experiences with humans. Share a time when you have made a quick judgement of someone before getting to know them. Why do we do that?

  • After James saves Centipede’s life, Centipede starts to open up to James and by the end of the story has come to trust him. How do we build trust in our relationships?

  • Centipede can be harsh and mean, but why is acting that way? How do our stories sometimes shape our behaviors? How can recognizing others stories help us to be more compassionate toward them?

Sacred Text for refection/meditationSo we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
2 Corinthians 5:16-18 (NLT)