The Giant and the Beanstalk

The Giant and the Beanstalk

by Diane Stanley

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Overview

For a giant, Otto is embarrassingly polite. While all the other giants are studying Cursing, Growling, and Stomping, Otto just wants to play with his pet hen, Clara. Then one terrible day a wily human named Jack climbs up a magic beanstalk and steals her away! Knowing only the thief's name, Otto must find Clara and rescue her from the land of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. The only problem is, there seem to be an awful lot of Jacks down there....

Diane Stanley, author and illustrator of goldie and the three bears and rumpelstiltskin's daughter, once again brings a fresh vision to a beloved story. Readers will delight in recognizing their favorite Jacks as Otto travels throughout the kingdom to find Clara. With great humor and beautiful illustrations, Diane Stanley creates a satisfying tale in which Jack, Jack, Jack, Jack, Jack, Jack, and Otto all live happily ever after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060000103
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/17/2004
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.


Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.

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Giant and the Beanstalk 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LeilaniKTaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was a nice giant that one day bought a magic hen that could lay golden eggs. A human named Jack stole it so the giant went down the beanstalk to find it! He had quite an adventure but he found Jack and got his hen back and went back up the beanstalk. Jack cut down the beanstalk and never stole anything from the giant again. This was a very humorous twist on Jack and the Beanstalk. The Giant was innocent and I'm glad Jack did not get away with stealing like in the original version. This book would be great to share when learning how to compare and contrast different points of view. You can also have fun with nursery rhymes because there are several that are hinted to in the book.
mmgomez1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a colorful picture book with outstanding illustrations. This story is a version of the typical jack and the beanstalk but with a little twist. A young giant chases Jack down the beanstalk to save his hen but meets other 'Jacks' from other nursery rhymes along the way.
foster7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Otto, the giant, lived high in the sky, and saw a small human in his home one morning. The human stole Clara, his beloved chicken, and raced back down the beanstalk he had climbed up. Immediately, Otto climbed down after him. After speaking to Jack's mother, Otto learns that Jack went to sell Clara, in order to get enough money to buy back his own beloved pet cow. On the way to find Jack, Otto encounters many other Jacks. He meets Jack, who is falling down the hill, and Jack Sprat, and little Jack Horner, as well as other Jacks. Finally, Otto finds Jack and Clara, and trades him for his cow, then returns home. Diane Stanley's clever take on Jack and the Beanstalk will thrill its audience. The story, of course, incorporates characters from many other nursery rhymes, but is very updated. We learn that Otto "never made above a C- in Cursing, Growling, or Stomping" classes in school. His teachers gave him C minuses because they "worried about his self-esteem," and didn't want to give him a lower grade. When Otto begins to search for Jack, it is revealed that, "like all male giants, Otto hated asking directions." When he did ask people for help to locate Jack, they were often scared by his appearance, so Otto stopped and "trimmed his claws." Aside from Stanley's clever text, her illustrations also provide modern humor to the story. When we see Jack Sprat (alongside his plump wife), he is wearing a 'Kiss the Cook' apron, and is operating a backyard grill, cooking steak and celery. People of all ages will enjoy this story. New, young readers can appreciate it as a new story, while older readers will enjoy Stanley's twist in using classic nursery rhyme characters.
my624persona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fables have never been so fabulous! In Diane Stanley¿s retelling of ¿Jack and the Beanstalk¿, the giant who¿s after Jack is not nearly as ruthless as we¿ve been led to believe. Otto (the giant) misses his cherished pet hen, so he makes his way into the land of humans to find Jack and get her back. But too many Jacks in fairy tales and nursery rhymes alike dot his path--which Jack is the right Jack? Will he ever get his hen back?Stanley lets her characters drive the plot, and uses her superb illustrations (colored pencil and gouache) to bring readers into the magical world of her medieval Europe. Upending the tired tradition of good triumphing over evil, the author shows rounded characters with compelling, humorous lives, and realistic emotions. Rich with visual detail, this book is sure to delight anyone who¿s ever heard the old ¿Jack and the Beanstalk¿ tale before.
nancyjensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diane Stanley has a fun version of the familiar tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. In this version, Otto the giant travels down the beanstalk to reclaim his missing hen. Once on the ground his search begins for the right Jack. Students will enjoy seeing familiar story time characters interact with each other. This story reminded me of the Jolly Postman book from the mid 1980's, also the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" which I saw this spring in Boston. This version of the Giant and the Beanstalk would be perfect to share as a read aloud at the end of a fairy tale/ folk tale unit so that students would already have the background knowledge of several stories.
mrs.mackey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Giant and the Beanstalk" is basically a spinoff of the traditional story of Jack and the beanstaulk. It does have a few twists of its own. This version of the book includes many popular nursery rhymes such as Jack be nimble, Jack and Jill, Little Jack Horner, etc. It ends with all of the giants shedding their scary image and becoming nice and pleasant. This is a great version of Jack and the beanstalk. I like how the author was clever with including all the popular nursery rhymes. The giant is also portrayed as a nice giant who only wants his hen back. In the end he gets his hen back and even persuades the rest of the giants to trim their nails and wear flower crowns so as to not look so scary. I would see if my students could find all of the hidden nursery rhymes. Then I show them if they were right or wrong.