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"The collector of the Jack Tales has brought new joy to children and storytellers in these twenty-four tales and a mummer's play . . . richly humorous. Colorful mountain speech comes to life." (School Library Journal Starred)

About the Author

Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains
eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has!

Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904–1988) has been called the man "most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling." A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper (September 9, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395561507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395561508
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,664,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Will Ravenel on July 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I was a camper at Camp Yonahnoka in Linville, NC, Richard Chase, the author of GRANDFATHER TALES and THE JACK TALES, would visit the camp and tell Jack tales to the campers from time to time. And always in that wonderful dialect he tries fairly successfully to capture in his books. He also introduced us to some early Blue Ridge Mountain folk toys - the "gee-haw whimmydiddle" being my favorite. It was a stick with notches cut into it and a simple two-bladed propeller afixed to the end with a small nail. When you rubbed the stick across the notches and said "Gee!", the propeller would spin to the left; when you called out "Haw!", the propeller would change course and spin to the right.

The trick was to hold the rubbing stick in your left hand in such a way that when your index finger was in front of the stick when it rubbed the notches, the propeller would spin to the left; when you turned your wrist slightly so that the the thumb and not the index finger was behind the stick as it rubbed the whimmydiddle, it would spin to the right. Chase showed my 10 year old self the secret while I sat on his lap during a bunkhouse cookout.

When I became a camp counselor, I'd read half a story a night aloud to my campers at bedtime. (In my best Richard Chase voice, of course.) No finishing the story the next night unless they behaved themselves the rest of the evening. It always worked because they loved the stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
25 oral tradition folktales with their roots in English mummers and mythology. Even the "Lear" story appears under the title 'Like Meat Loves Salt' These are stories written to be read out loud and help to enchant with the wonderful tradition of spoken folktales. There is also a collection of JACK TALES by the same author. This is the same boy of Jack & The Beanstalk fame. He has 17 other tales about him! Fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book for years in elementary classrooms, and with my own children and grandchildren. A must for any classroom (grades 1-8). Robert B. Cooter, Jr., Asst. Supt., Dallas Reading Plan, Dallas, Texas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By susieQ on September 1, 2007
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Returned memories of my childhood which I can now pass to my grandchildren for some fun reading together.
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By William Leach on September 3, 2012
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I first met Richard Chase in my pre-teen years when I spent summers at my grandfather's farm in southeastern Kentucky; in my teen years a friend drove a carload of us to dancing parties Chase held in towns in southwestern Virginia - beautiful town names like Meadows of Dan and Bonnie Blue. The last time I visited with him was at a dancing party in southeastern Kentucky when he danced most of the folk dances with my daughter.

The book struck a chord with me - in my early years my grandfather fascinated me and my youngest aunt with his version of "Old Christmas" (as a youngster my grandfather celebrated Christmas on January 6, and Chase's book both confirmed and expanded his description of the holiday. My aunt and I attempted to stay awake until midnight so we could hear the animals in the barn speak, but we didn't make it. Each time I read the book I enjoy its magic and its evocation of precious memories.
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I remember reading this book--literally--hundreds of time as a child. I read it so often, I learned one of the poems in it by heart and can still recite it unto this day, almost 40 years later!! If you are curious, its the one about the devil and the farmers wife!! LOL I would tell any parent to get this book for their children to show them that long before modern conviences, like electricity, this is how people entertained themselves--by telling stories.

I miss those days. My grandparents would entertain us by telling about when they was children, and this book brings back all of those good memories.
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By Daryl King on March 21, 2013
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This is an awesome book! You can read the stories in about 20 minutes so it's great for bedtime. They are fairy tales with a "folk" twist and a old-timie North Carolina dialog. This IS the Jack that the Jack and the Bean Stalk was based on BUT they have violence in them like some of the original Grimm's Fairy Tales. So if you are not OK with your child hearing about Jack cutting giants heads off etc you might not want to get this. I would recommend it for kids 8+.
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These are wonderful!
I remember them from my childhood with the librarian reading them to us kids as we sat transfixed on the library floor in elementary school.
These are our American roots, they are as much fun for me to read as for my son to hear. They have humor, they teach values, perseverance and honesty, bravery and resourcefulness.

Thank you Richard Chase for recording the old stories, the legacy of our country!
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