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Jack and the Beanstalk by Carol Ottolenghi

Jack and the Beanstalk

by Carol Ottolenghi

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Summary: The story of a boy named Jack who trades a cow for "Magic beans". The beans grow into a giant beanstalk which Jack climbs and at the top Jack finds his adventure and a giant. Jack steals from the giant, the giant gets mad and chases jack back down the bean stalk. Befor the giant can get to Jack, Jack chops down he beanstalk killing the giant and living happily ever after with his spoils.

Personal reaction: Its a great stroy of action adventure and danger. However im not sure this is a story for kids the age that this story is usually read to. Here is a story of a boy who beeaks into somebodies houes robs him and kills him, and lives happily ever after. This is ok because he steals from a giant, but the giand wasnt a bad guy never did nothing to Jack until Jack stole from him. Then the giant gets killed because he is trying to defend his home and recover his property. Not a story I would want read to my younger kids.

Classroom extension: Can be used in a class of older students to show that some traditional literature that can pose a danger to younger readers.
  patrick.brautigan | Sep 16, 2012 |
Summary: This book is about a little boy that him and his mom lived a very poor life. His mom sent him off to sell their cow. On the way he meets an old man who talks him into trading the cow for some beans. These beans are suppose to make Jack a very wealthy person. The beans grow into a huge beanstalk where Jack can climb and at the top he descovers a giant who has gold, a hen that lays gold eggs, and a harp. He steals all three!
Impression: I liked this book but I also think it can teach children a very important lesson about stealing, and disobeying.
Classroom extensions: I think it would be neat to plant some kind of bean and watch it grow
This could also be used to introduce the letter G for gold or the color gold!
  ChasidyBrown | Sep 11, 2012 |
Great American classic tale. I grew up reading Jack and the Beanstalk. This is an exciting classic tale about Jack and his magic beans growing a beanstalk. All children will love this story and using their imagination to think about a giant living way up in the sky. Great book for children. ( )
  lmckeon | Jul 2, 2012 |
This is a fun book to read with elementary school students. The book uses conventional vocabulary that is appropriate for 2nd and 3rd grade students. You can also link this text to the math curriculum. Students can learn about measurement by evaluating the length of the beanstalk, and you can also design an activity where students create their own story beanstalks. The students will use green paper and colored pencils to build a beanstalk with drawings summarizing the fundamental concepts of the book. ( )
  Bholcomb86 | Nov 5, 2010 |
The genre of this book is fairy tale and it is fictional. The illustrations look hand-drawn or computer-drawn and colored using neutral water-color paints. This book is a classic. No matter how many times it gets read, it never gets old. It is about a little boy named Jack who lives with his mother and they are poor so she tells him to go sell their cow. He trades the cow for some magic beans and at first his mother is upset because she felt like he was tricked so she threw the beans out the window. The next day, a giant beanstalk had grown right outside their cottage. So Jack climbed up the beanstalk and found a giant who had a hen that laid golden eggs and a harp that sang. So he waited unitl the giant fell asleep and he stole the hen and harp. When he showed his mother, she exclaimed those were your father's but a big giant stole them. Now we will never be poor again! You could have your class say "fee, fi, fo, fum! I smell the blood of a little one" with you when the giant says it. This would be a great way for them to get involved. I think the reading level of this book is probably late second grade. The curricular connections are: poor, cow, magic beans, hen, harp, giant, beanstalk, and rich. ( )
  ceoliver | Oct 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0769638163, Paperback)

Between the pages of the Brighter Child(R) Keepsake Stories books are the classic tales of magic, imagination, and inspiration that will delight children again and again. From the hard-working Red Hen to the foolish Gingerbread Man, these stories will capture children's interest and spark their imagination page after page, inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading. Each book includes 32 pages of fresh, captivating illustrations, and measures 8" x 8". --In this beloved tale, Jack watches in amazement as his magic beans grow into a beanstalk that reaches beyond the clouds! Children will eagerly continue reading to see whether Jack can sneak past a hungry giant to rescue the golden harp. --This title, retold in English and Spanish, is an excellent skill-builder for reading and foreign language comprehension.

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After climbing to the top of a huge beanstalk, a boy uses his quick wits to outsmart a giant and gain a fortune for himself and his mother.

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