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About the Author

Carol Ottolenghi has written nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children for almost 20 years. In 1996, she won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Honor Award. One of her stories was selected for Best of the Children's Market by the Institute of Children's Literature. She currently lives in Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Keepsake Stories
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Brighter Child (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577683773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577683773
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Ottolenghi has written nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children for almost 20 years. In 1996, she won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Honor Award. One of her stories was selected for Best of the Children's Market by the Institute of Children's Literature. She currently lives in Ohio.

Customer Reviews

I thought this was a great version of the story with great graphics.
CJ Mac
This is a good book, the kids seem to like it, but it is not told in the same manner as the one I remember as a child.
marie
I have recommended this to my children for home collections. even their cheap selves can afford this.
Madeline Hamilton

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Rita on May 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was very anxious to get this story because my 3 yr daughter saw a segment about Jack and the Beanstalk on a Barney video and loved the story....I have bought other books in this series and loved them so I naturally went for this version as well. But I am disappointed - It isn't the story so much that bothers me....it is the illustrations in the book....dark, too adult....no whimsy or colors....very very green and very dreary and even scary for a 3 year old....After reading one time the book to my daughter, the next time I took it out she said "No, not that book....its ugly".... my daughter is a book nut you loves to be read ...and she isn't a child who needs colors to love a book - she loves "The Giving Tree" for example....But this book just has very drak, and gloomy drawings....to be honest before even reading it to her, I thought it was kinda ugly too....ugly atleast for a children's book....
I think the other stories in the series are great but pass on this one for the under 4 age crowd....more for the llustrations then anything else....
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CJ Mac on January 6, 2011
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I thought this was a great version of the story with great graphics. I used to tell this story from memory to my 2 yr old daughter and it's all she wanted to hear about, so I thought I'd look for a book. This story was pretty much the same one, had more details than what I remembered, but good details. For those interested (since it's not real clear), here is a summary of how this specific book tells the story:

-Jack and his mom (who is out of work) are poor and decide to sell their cow
-Jack goes to sell it but is met by a man on the way who trades the cow for magic beans
-Jack's mom gets angry and throws the beans out the window, resulting in a beanstalk
-Jack climbs the beanstalk to find a castle
-The female giant agrees to let Jack work for some money, but warns him that her husband will want to eat him if he gets caught
-Jack steals some gold coins from the male giant while he is sleeping (which the giant stole from Jack's village in the first place)
-Jack goes back up a second time and steals the goose that lays the golden eggs
-Jack goes up a third time to steal the singing harp, against his mother's request, which ends up waking up the giant, who chases jack down the beanstalk
-Jack and his mom chop down the beanstalk, destroying the giant
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jaci Patterson on February 10, 2010
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I bought a few fairy tale books from this collection. They have just the right amount of words for preschoolers/kindergartners. I told some parts in my own words, but the kids LOVED these stories and really caught on. Must have this classic in your collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darien Summers on May 2, 2010
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This is a classic fairy tale that is probably more suited for boys, but my young daughter also loves it when I read it to her. This beautifully illustrated book is about a boy named Jack who out of poverty and responsibility, continually keeps climbing a large beanstalk that reaches up into the clouds to a land where a giant lives. The giant killed Jack's father many years ago, and Jack swore to a fairy that he would avenge his death. However, this task isn't done hastily as the temptation to steal the giant's many treasures in his house proves to be too tempting for Jack to resist. Eventually, Jack makes good on his promise and slays the Giant - I'm sure you already know how, but if not, why spoil the fun (it's nothing excessive). The book easily grabs your child's attention and keeps them entertained throughout the whole tale.

Jack is a little mischievous, but his troublesome ways do lead to justice for his father and income for his mother. All things considered; a happy ending. The price is also very decent. I hope you treat your child, and give this book a try. It's a classic tale that every kid should know.

Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By macbooklover on August 30, 2013
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There's nothing special about this book. If you are looking for a traditional version of Jack and the Beanstalk, then this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Hamilton on November 23, 2013
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I purchased this book because I enjoyed it going up and I read it to my children. Now I'm a grandma and decided to start reading to my grandchildren and they love it, what surprised me the most is the price of this used (NEW) book, it wasnt used at all and I was able to personalize this book with their names in it so now they smile saying read my book.
this was one of many books I've purchased and love so much. I have recommended this to my children for home collections. even their cheap selves can afford this. Thank you soo much
This one is a favorite of my eldest granddaughter every night! but I love this time with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Living in the desert on December 12, 2013
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This book was purchased for a book a day advent calendar for my grandchildren. They have enjoyed having it read to them and it is a nice addition to their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gwright on June 23, 2013
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I believe this was a little to old for him and a bit scary for his age, lol. But this story was a little more sanitized than the others i have read.
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