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A verse version of the tale first published in England in 1807. "This spirited and broadly comic version will be a welcome addition to fairy tale collections and to the picture book hour." -- School Library Journal
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A verse version of the tale first published in England in 1807. "This spirited and broadly comic version will be a welcome addition to fairy tale collections and to the picture book hour." -- School Library Journal
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"Here is a verse version, first published in England in 1807, of the well-known Jack and the Beanstalk. The jolly pictures by Galdone can stand up to his other fine creations and hold their own."-Publisher's Weekly

"The lively pictures provide just the right accompaniment; the story begins and ends with scenes of folksy domesticity while the suitably loutish monster, roaring and tipping, overspreads several pages in between."- The Horn Book

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Although Old Mother Twaddle finds a sixpence and sends her son out to buy a tasty goose, Jack (her son) returns instead with a bean. Galdone retells, in verse, the classic folk tale of Jack and the Beanstalk which is adapted from The History of Mother Twaddle and the Marvelous Achievements of Her Son Jack. In Galdone's version, Jack climbs up the stalk that grew from the bean and meets the maid of a large home. The maid asks the Jack to leave because the giant who owns the home will eat Jack. However, Jack stays and she hides him in the house. Upon his return home, the giant notices Jack's presence and threatens to make bread by grinding Jack's bones. The maid tries to rescue Jack by encouraging the giant to drink some wine; the giant imbibes the strong drink that causes him to fall asleep. Jack kills the giant by beheading him. Jack calls for his mother to dine at the late giant's home and he marries the maid. The pictures are colorful and support the plot. Galdone's style of illustration will be recognized by those readers familiar with his books that retell numerous other folk tales and fairy tales. Although many original folk tales tend to be violent, some children may be bothered by how the giant meets his demise in this story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606005005
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/1982
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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