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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

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    Jack and the Beanstalk In the book, Jack and the Beanstalk by Patricia Polonco there are few characters. But those who are in it are very descriptive. There are villains and heroes and even a damsel in distress. Most of all there¿s one character unlike the rest. The beanstalk is neither human or living creature, but itself is like a character and it¿s life keeps the alive. There were also many scenes that stick out like a sore thumb. They were important and the story would not be the same without them. All of these elements are what keeps this story together. There are certain characters in this story that if they weren¿t there the story wouldn¿t work. Nothing would happen and this book would be boring. Just by adding three characters it works so much better. One is Jack. He is a protagonist. Jack is a brown-haired scroungy boy who is foolish and usually naughty. He is often in trouble with his mother. Another character of whom there is much importance is of course, the giant. He is a terrible and vicious man-eating giant. He knows humans occasionally arise from the earth to this unknown place. He hordes a huge fortune in his palace, which includes a women that is later saved by Jack. This antagonist is later demolished by the greatest character of the tale. Of course I said that the beanstalk was to be a major part in the story even from the time that it was just a pile of beans. This gets Jack into trouble, but also saves the woman, Jack and all of the future men that would have journeyed up the sides of the gigantic vegetable. There are also many events inside of the story that strike the reader as surprising. One instance that stands out is Jack scaling the beanstalk up and down. This is a human crossing the threshold of a gateway to an unseen world. Other instances occur when the giant rises from his throne to chase Jack. This leads to both life forms climbing down the beanstalk while Jack¿s mother is cutting away at the base of the stalk. And finally I can picture the look upon Jack¿s sharp face when the vicious giant threatened his life in a world that was unknown to anyone. After reading this book many times through I can now conclude that the moral of this book is that even with mistakes you can still achieve fortune. What appears to be a mistake to one can be the best decision for another. Jack took a risk, one that appears to be foolish. But instead his risk turns out to be more positive than one could imagine. Dreams are built on risks people take, and the risk Jack took brought him great fortune. A risk can also result in failure, but that is not the case four young Jack. This book urges the reader to think the impossible is possible no matter who tells you your choice will be fruitless. The writing style that is used in this book is cause and effect. For example, when Jack buys the beans he is scolded. But after climbing the stalk that resulted from the beans, he was rewarded with riches beyond belief. In conclusion to my response to this book, I say that the moral and theme are intertwined with each other and would recommend this book to children and adults alike. Children will find the book a simple adventure based on fantasy. Adults will see the choices made that result in the ultimate reward, a reward of unending riches. The review that I write shows some of the main points and characters the best of the scenes and the moral of the story. I hope I have shown you enough to demonstrate that his book is one of good taste and shows that no matter who you are good fortune can come to you. by K. Hernandez

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