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Clever Jack Takes the Cake Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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He did a little bit of trading, coaxed the hen and cow into giving their donations, collected a few walnuts, sought out the best strawberry in the patch, and "he dipped candles." When he had all his ingredients gathered up, "he set to work, churning, chopping, blending, and baking." No doubt, it was the most beautiful cake in the land, but soon he ran into some problems as he tried to make his way to the castle.
Four-and-twenty ornery blackbirds swooped down and stole the walnuts from the top of the cake. Oh, no. Not to be discouraged, Jack kept on the path to the castle, proudly holding the remains of the cake. He met up with an ogre who demanded his share of the cake, he had to use the candles to make his way through the dark forest, and then there was that foolish bear. "Shuffle-shuffle-kick . . . G-U-U-U-L-P!" The only thing he had to offer the lovely princess was a strawberry because Samson, the bear, hated fruit and then a guard gulped that down. What was the princess going to think about someone who had nothing at all to offer her? Would they even let poor Jack into the party or would he be the laughingstock of the town?Read more ›
This is a very charming story, with a great storyline that reminds me of all those great old time fairytales. The illustration work is very nice - somewhat primitive to keep the story might and childlike. Both my six-year-old and I enjoyed this book, and we have read it repeatedly. It's a very good book!
Well, Jack's cake turns out beautifully, and he leaves for the princess's castle, but encounters several things on his way - black birds, a troll, sinister woods, and a dancing bear - in the process the cake begins 'disappearing'! Will clever Jack have anything left to give the princess by the time he reaches the castle? This is a delightful little tale that focuses on imagination being put to good use, creativity, and friendship. It is quite an original tale with some familiar characters from other fairy tales, and has lovely illustrations that will engage young children's interest.
The book uses the classic children's story structure of building up and then down. (Think "there's a frog on a log in the hole at the bottom of the sea") The illustrations are so beautiful and the story is well told and nicely embellished with adjectives.
My four year old loves this book.
Along the way, Jack runs into trolls, bears and gypsies. He has quite a serious adventure trying to make it to the castle. And little by little, his cake dwindles into nothing until he is left only with the strawberry on top. But the princess is allergic to strawberries!
Jack explains why he has shown up empty-handed; however, the princess believes he’s given her the best gift of all – a story. What could possibly be better than a story? A brand new friend, as well.
Both boys and girls will relish this tale, from the exciting journey to the realization that Jack gave the princess the one thing no one else had. With a heart-touching ending and Candace Fleming’s wonderful way of telling a story, you just can’t resist this book.(
Most Recent Customer Reviews
awesome book for primary grades. lots of great vocabulary words and easy sequencing can be done with this book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not only is Jack clever, among several versions this is also a cleverly-WRITTEN tale. The students liked making the comparison with other Jack tales.Published 7 months ago by James Charnock
I love this book I world rate it 100 stars.
I am going to share this book to my friends.
Not just another children's book. Rather this story teaches multiple life lessons: Perservence, Giving, and Appreciation.Published 11 months ago by Tricia Becker
LOVE this story. Clever, clever, clever! Bought it for a b-day gift for our friend Jack (turning 7).Published 13 months ago by Sand boat Mom
This is one of my favorite picture books of all time. I love that it is a longer story that keeps my kids' attention, and is something they ask to read over and over again. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carrie Finison
Because it's an adventure story and because I like this kind of books. I felt that I was in the book.