Jack and the Beanstalk (Keepsake Stories) Library Binding – January 1, 2007
"Knight Kyle and the Magic Silver Lance" by Oliver Pötzsch
Beyond the great forest and towering Dragon Mountain lies Fairyland, a land of elves and trolls, dragons and giants, magicians and fairies. And in one corner, Fairyland East, lives Knight Kyle. | Learn more
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- Publisher : Fitzgerald Books (January 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1424200768
- ISBN-13 : 978-1424200764
- Reading age : 5 - 6 years
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.25 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,649,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book itself is only O.K. The story line is the same as the old classic, but the dialog and narration fall flat. For instance, when Jack first climbs up the beanstalk, the narration is as follows:
"Without waking his mother, Jack started climbing the beanstalk. His arms and legs began to ache, but he forgot about them when he saw the castle."
Then he knocks. There is no sense of awe or adventure. The passage sounds more like an afternoon stroll to the neighbor's house.
Also, each time after the first that the male giant enters the scene, his "Fee Fi Fo Fum" line gets shorter. The second time, it ends before "Be he alive," and the third time, his wife cuts him off with, "Yeah, yeah, yeah." For me, that ruined the immersion in a fantastical world, and left me disappointed.
This is Jack, but it's not the rich, immersive Jack from your childhood. You would be wise to find a better version.
-Jack and his mom (who is out of work) are poor and decide to sell their cow
-Jack goes to sell it but is met by a man on the way who trades the cow for magic beans
-Jack's mom gets angry and throws the beans out the window, resulting in a beanstalk
-Jack climbs the beanstalk to find a castle
-The female giant agrees to let Jack work for some money, but warns him that her husband will want to eat him if he gets caught
-Jack steals some gold coins from the male giant while he is sleeping (which the giant stole from Jack's village in the first place)
-Jack goes back up a second time and steals the goose that lays the golden eggs
-Jack goes up a third time to steal the singing harp, against his mother's request, which ends up waking up the giant, who chases jack down the beanstalk
-Jack and his mom chop down the beanstalk, destroying the giant
this was one of many books I've purchased and love so much. I have recommended this to my children for home collections. even their cheap selves can afford this. Thank you soo much
This one is a favorite of my eldest granddaughter every night! but I love this time with them.