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Jack and the Beanstalk (Classic Fairy Tale Collection) Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: Classic Fairy Tale Collection
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402730640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402730641
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Jack, an endearing boy with apple-red cheeks, sells his cow for a handful of beans and climbs the beanstalk. The giant's wife feeds him and hides him three times from her uncouth, ever-hungry husband ("Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell a visitor, yum, yum, yum./Fish or fowl, cold or hot, We'll cook him up inside my pot"), and forgives him for taking the giant's possessions. Because the bones of this classic tale are right, Cech's enhancements feel right, too. The unappreciated wife takes the harp and follows Jack down the beanstalk. The giant, who is afraid of heights, bellows loudly but stays put. Jack's mother, a compassionate woman who would rather have her boy than the treasures, welcomes the giant's wife as her friend. Any noises in the clouds can be blamed on the bellowing giant, forced to live on dry crackers since his wife left. Mackenzie's watercolor illustrations are done in a folk style using a green and gold palette with touches of red. The giant, with his very small head and bleary eyes, contrasts nicely with the rosy cheerfulness of Jack and his mother. Perspective is used to advantage, showing the beanstalk disappearing in the clouds and then the insubstantial base when seen from the top. Pair this retelling with Raymond Briggs's Jim and the Beanstalk (Putnam, 1977) for an enormously satisfying storytime.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Cech’s third entry in Sterling’s Classic Fairy Tale Collection series knits fresh strands into the Jack-and-the-beanstalk story. This smoothly paced version, which begins with some humorous wordplay, runs close to traditional tellings until the end, when the giant’s wife joins Jack in his hasty escape: “All I do here is cook and clean . . . And all he does is moan and gripe. I’m going down the beanstalk with you.” Once on the ground, the giant’s wife and Jack’s mom become best friends, while the giant, in another twist on the traditional tale, lives on, rumbling from above. Mackenzie ably ramps up the drama in the pencil-and-paint scenes of apple-cheeked Jack eluding the bulbous-nosed, ham-handed giant. The extensive final note, connecting the story’s motifs to archetypal tales throughout history, adds another reason for purchase, even in libraries where multiple versions of the story exist. Grades 1-3. --Gillian Engberg

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Format: Hardcover
Whenever I choose a fairy tale book for my preschooler, I go by two criteria - one, that the story remains recognizable in its essence (to the original) ,and two, that the illustrations have to be impressive, with lots of color, and details. This retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk fulfills both criteria. The story as retold by John Cech, remains faithful to the original, and quite creative. The language flows well, and is easy for a young child to follow the story, despite being quite lengthy. The illustrations by Robert Mackenzie are simply beautiful, with lush strokes bringing the story vividly to life. The giant is suitably scary and intimidating whilst young Jack is convincingly precocious. I love collecting fairy tales, and though we got this from the library, I'll soon be adding it to our ever-growing collection of fairy tales.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Decker on June 2, 2012
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I am so dissapointed. This book has "Fee Fi Fo Fum" but no "I smell the blood of an Englishman." And, its not eligible for returns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Business Professional on August 5, 2008
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A classic tale beautifully retold and incredibly illustrated. I have purchased a number of books to welcome a new baby and/or to celebrate a child's birthday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Stanto on February 12, 2010
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Wow this was a home run. My daughter is 2 1/2 and just recently into fairy tales. She absolutely loved this the first time she heard it, and she asks to hear it every night. It's long but well written and it fascinates her. We had a play date with another 2 1/2 year old little girl and she was totally riveted when I read it. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MelanieC on November 18, 2010
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The illustrations make this book worthy of any collection. While the story is slightly different from the version I always read as a child, it's hardly noticeable with such beautiful pictures that draw in the reader. My daughter loves it. I love it.
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