How many seagulls could really carry James and his giant peach?
SyFY explores the possibility of James and the Giant Peach getting carried across the Atlantic Ocean.
The original text describes the peach as being “the size of a small house,” and at least as tall as the distance from the branch from which it grew to the ground. Illustrations from the book’s various printings offer some visual clues but they aren’t always consistent. An image of the peach perched atop the Empire State Building, for instance, shows the immense fruit taking up roughly one-third the length of the antenna.
At the time of the book’s publication, the antenna measured at 222 feet (it was shortened when replaced in 1985), putting the peach’s height at approximately 74 feet. More than a small house, to be sure.
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