Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

by Alan Garner, Norman Messenger
     
 

Deep within the folds of the hills in the distance lies the secret of Jack and the Beanstalk. Retold here with expressive language by Rosemary Wells, this age-old tale is perfectly suited for reading aloud. Norman Messenger's exquisite, softly shaded illustrations create visual interest that will enhance enjoyment of this engaging book. Full color.  See more details below

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Deep within the folds of the hills in the distance lies the secret of Jack and the Beanstalk. Retold here with expressive language by Rosemary Wells, this age-old tale is perfectly suited for reading aloud. Norman Messenger's exquisite, softly shaded illustrations create visual interest that will enhance enjoyment of this engaging book. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Our old favorite, Jack, is showcased in a large print book with marvelous detailed drawings guaranteed to send a shiver down the spine of delighted youngsters. The retelling flows smoothly as it proceeds to its well-known end, and I like the specifics of "three hundred pancakes" for the giant's breakfast and "marigold seeds and rose petals" that Jack's mother gratefully fed the magic hen after the giant met his doom. Note the bargain price, too.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--While libraries may long for a new version of Jack and the Beanstalk, this isn't it. Wells adds a father snatched and hidden in the giant's cellar, subtracts Jack's theft of the giant's gold, exchanges the giant's helpful wife for a cook, and omits the "Fee, fi, fo, fum" verse. No explanation of this tale's provenance or notes suggest the liberties the reteller has taken with this traditional story, and readers who know it are likely to be confused. The open format looks inviting to emerging readers but expressions such as "thick as a brick," "skivvied down," or "lurching through the pillowy clouds" take the text out of the realm of beginning readers. While Messenger's precise renderings on heavy cream-colored paper and decorated endpapers lend elegance, the traditional story has been better delivered in versions by Lorinda Bryan Cauley (Putnam, 1983; o.p.) and Steven Kellogg (Morrow, 1991).--Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789411709
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Nursery Classics Series
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.13(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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