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Sweet Dream Kisses Treasury of Bedtime Stories

by Ltd. Editors of Publications International

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Summary: Jack and his mom are hungry and have no money, so Jack trades the famiy cow for magic beans instead of money. The beans grow into a giant vine that Jack cliimbs. Then Jack steals gold and a singing harp from a giant . His mother and him never go hungry again.
Personal reaction: I remember reading this story as a kid and wishing that I could find magic beans. As an adult I read this story and can only think about Jack disobeying his mom and stealing.
Extension Ideas: I could use this book to discuss right from wrong. Making good choices . My second idea would be to teach about beans and then try to grow different kinds of beans.
  S.Houck | Feb 6, 2012 |
This is the story of an emperor of China who loves the song of his nightingale bird. However, once the emperor of Japan hears the plain gray bird sing he decides to give a machanical beauitful jeweled bird that sing waltzes to China's emperor. All is well, until the mechanical bird breaks. The lovely song of the plain gray nightingale has not sung since the arrival of the artifical bird. It is not until the bird hears of the emperor's illness that the bird comes back and sings again.
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This is a nice story that shows how being plain and doing something wonderful should be appreciated.
Classroom Extensions:
1.In the classroom this story can help students appreciate differences among individuals and realize their own self worth.
2.Have the students draw pictures of a jewel bird that is wound up and a natural bird. ( )
  PaulaWilds123- | Oct 24, 2011 |
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Puss in boots / adapted from the European folktale ; illustrated by Jacqueline East --
Rocking-house land / adapted from the fairy tale by Laurence Housman ; illustrated by Bandelin-Dacey Studios --
The nightingale / adapted from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen ; illustrated by Robin Moro --
Baba Yaga / adapted from the traditional Russian folktale ; illustrated by Nan Brooks --
The boy who cried wolf / adapted from the fable by Aesop ; illustrated by Jon Goodell --
Tom Sawyer / adapted from the novel by Mark Twain ; illustrated by David Austin Clar --
The north wind / adapted from the Norse folktale ; illustrated by Beth Foster Wiggins --
Clever Manka / illustrated by Pat Hoggan --
The bell of justice / adapted from the ballad by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ; illustrated by Jon Goodell --
Casey at the bat / written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer ; illustrated by Fiona Sansom --
Jack and the beanstalk / adapted from the English fairy tale ; illustrated by John Manders --
Rip Van Winkle / adapted from the story by Washington Irving ; illustrated by John Lund --
The flying prince / adapted from the traditional fairy tale ; illustrated by Kathi Ember --
The selfish giant / adapted from the fairy tale by Oscar Wilde ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon --
Prince Carrots / adapted from the fairy tale ; illustrated by Kathy Mitchell --
The little Dutch boy / adapted from the story by Mary Mapes Dodge ; illustrated by Linda Dockey Graves --
Ali Baba / adapted from the traditional folktale ; illustrated by Anthony Lewis --
Pecos Bill / adapted from the American legend ; illustrated by Mike Spoor --
Paradise / adapted from the Grimm's fairy tale ; illustrated by Amy Flynn --
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi / adapted from the story by Rudyard Kipling ; illustrated by Richard Bernal --
The seal's skin / adapted from the traditional Scottish folktale ; illustrated by Linda Dockey Graves --
Stone soup / adapted from the traditional folktale ; illustrated by Barbara Lanza --
The golden goose / adapted from the Grimm's fairy tale ; illustrated by Karen Dugan.
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