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Jack's House Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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"A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme....This beguiling book will be a hit both at storytimes and in circulating collections, for those who really want to know how Jack's house got built."
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The illustrations are cute, bright and attractive; the words are simple and repetitive enough that my son has memorized it already.
I see that other reviewers think this book sends a bad moral message but honestly, I didn't even think that until I came here. This is how I saw the events of the book happening:
1. At the beginning it has a picture of a house and the text says "This is the house that Jack said he built."
2. Through pictures we see Jack owns a dog named Max. Jack has a house built but the dog does all the work while Jack lazes about in a hammock and doesn't lift a finger.
3. When it's all done, the dog gets a little miffed and has Jack (in his hammock) hauled away in a pick-up truck.
4. Finally, the last page says that it is a house that *Max* built.
Nowhere does it indicate any "stealing" happens. The dog built the house, not the owner Jack. It never says Jack doesn't live there, or that the dog now owns the house.
I think when adults impose their moral interpretation on books meant for children, things can go awry. We see malice when all children are concentrating on are the cars and the cute dogs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our 2 year old grandson loves this. But, it could be because his name is Jack.Published 3 months ago by Cindy
My preschoolers really enjoyed this book. The seller shipped fast and priced it reasonably.Published 7 months ago by Stephanie Hamlet
My 5 yea old LOVES this book, and an recit is by hart. Ilustrations are great and fun for boys esspecially. An in the end of the book you, realize quite a clever houmor point. Read morePublished 12 months ago by EuroMom
My son borrowed this book from his teacher and had it in his possession so long I decided I needed to purchase one for him.Published on April 4, 2014 by pickyconsumer99
I gave this to my 4year old great grandson. He always wanted to get this book at the library and sometimes it was unavailable, it is his favorite book.Published on January 2, 2013 by Karen J. Conrad