Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk


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"Elegant watercolors echoing the burnished gold tones of the rolling fields show well in storyhours." —School Library Journal

Jack can't seem to do anything useful for his poor mother. He can't even conduct an errand as simple as selling the cow; instead, he trades the beast for a handful of beans. But then, amazingly, those very beans sprout into a towering stalk, elevating Jack to a strange land ruled by a greedy giant. Jack must be clever and brave as he tries to return the giant's stolen treasures to their rightful owner. E. Nesbit's charming, wry retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk was first published in 1908. Preserving the author's unabridged text, this gorgeously designed edition features the dynamic artwork and dramatic perspectives of Matt Tavares, realized in full-color illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763621247
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/12/2006
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 584,636
Product dimensions: 8.96(w) x 12.12(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

E. Nesbit (1858-1924) spent her childhood in France and Germany and later lived in England. She began writing stories of fantasy and adventure for children in the early 1890s and is renowned for her very real, strong-willed young characters. Her novels include The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1898), Five Children and It (1902), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904), and The Railway Children (1906).

Matt Tavares is the illustrator of the seasonal classic 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and the author-illustrator of several baseball-inspired favorites: Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, and Mudball. He lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

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fonsecaelib530A on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nesbit, E., & Tavares, M. (2006). Jack and the beanstalk. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.Grades 1 through 3Jack is a dreamer. While his mother works hard to make ends me, he fancies adventures that will take him to other lands full of wonder. One day, his mother sends Jack to the market to sell their cow. On the way, Jack encounters a butcher, and instead of the five pieces of gold her mother was expecting, he returns with colorful beans. His mother throws the beans out the window, and in the morning there is a gigantic beanstalk outside his window. Jack climbs the beanstalk to find another world; more surprising is the new she receives from a fairy: his father ruled this land, but a giant killed him and stole everything he had. Jack is able to trick the giant¿s wife into getting into their house twice, each time stealing a valuable prize. On the third time, as jack tries to steal a singing hard, it screams for its rightful owner. Jack runs out of the house with the giant right behind him. The beanstalk is not strong enough for the giant; with the help of his mother, Jack cuts the plant, and the giant falls to his death. Jack and his mother become rich, and the land above the clouds is once again fertile and beautiful, now in the hands of the giant¿s widow.This version of Jack and the beanstalk was first published in 1908. Nesbit gives the story a humorous touch, and her conversational style brings the reader into the story. The fairy and Jack¿s connection to the land above the clouds are not part of the original tale, and for those familiar with the story, they seem out of place. The re-release includes Tavares¿ pencil and watercolor illustrations; the muted pastels give the images a soft, aged look. Readers learn that wit and teamwork can beat the biggest opponent¿especially when he is not very bright. The play in perspective gives movement to the images; illustrations like the dizzying view from the top of the beanstalk or Jack¿s vantage point of the giant¿s nose work to give the book a dynamic, movie-like feel.
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic tale about a young lazy boy who takes his mothers cow and trades it for some magical beans. His mother throws them out and grounds him to his room for the night. The next day the beanstalk evolves into a huge beanstalk that jack takes up to a new land. There in the new land is a giant that jack steals items like a golden egg laying hen, money and tries to steal a golden harp. In the end the giant finally catches on to jack greediness and chases after him down the beanstalk and Jack cuts down the stalk and the giant falls and dies. In the end the land above lives on for the giant is dead and jack and his mother live lavishly. I really enjoyed the deep illustration throughout this story. I feel it gave life to the text and it was needed because this was a longer read compared to most picture books. Great for all ages.
alebarbu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This retelling of the classic tale is an unabridged version of the one by Edith Nesbit that was first published in 1908. Jack lives with his mother, and is completely useless. He even sells their cow for beans instead than for the gold his mother had hoped for. However, these beans turn out to be magic, and after Jack¿s mother throws them out the window, an extremely tall beanstalk grows in that spot. Having climbed at the top of it, Jack discovers a desolate world, and learns from a fairy that it was once ruled by his father, but is now ruled by the giant who killed him. Using quick thinking and brashness, Jack manages to outsmart that giant, and gains a fortune for his mother and himself in the process.This story is entertaining, and Edith Nesbit often interacts with the reader through her informal narrative style. The lively dialogues and humorous tone should help sustain a young reader¿s attention through this longer tale. The pencil and watercolor illustrations by Matt Tavares have soft tones, which help set the story in an imaginary land where hens lay golden eggs, and harps talk. Some of Jack¿s facial expressions have a photographic quality to them, and children should identify with them. Ages 5-8.
Owan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book we meet a young man by the name of Jack. Jack is fatherless and very lazy. He's also rather stupid, he sells a cow to a butcher for a bunch of beans. Magical beans.Retold beautifully by E. Nesbit, a splendid read!
Jenn75 More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are absolutely wonderful!
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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