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Jack and the Beanstalk

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where he uses his quick wits to outsmart an ogre and make his and his mother's fortune.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 25th 1999 by Philomel
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Anissa Saenz-Ochoa
Feb 23, 2014 Anissa Saenz-Ochoa rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore this story! I always have so reading this has brought back wonderful memories from my childhood. This particular version is very thorough and detailed. Since it is very thorough, the book includes a lot of text. This makes the book appropriate for nearly all ages. I am not a huge fan of the illustrations, simply because I prefer vivid colors, but the text is wonderfully written so it does not really matter. One of my favorite fairy tales!
Oct 25, 2015 Meltha rated it really liked it
I liked this retelling, and Spirin's illustrations are always good for getting lost in a story. Here Jack is a lot younger than usual, maybe six or so years old, but still very clever. Also, the giant stole everything from Jack's father, so when Jack steals it back, it's not exactly thievery. There is also the inclusion of a guardian fairy who apparently lost her magic for a while, which I'll admit was confusing a bit since there was no real explanation for that, but not so much that it damaged ...more
Savannah Montalvo
Oct 22, 2012 Savannah Montalvo rated it liked it
Jack and the Beanstalk retold by Ann Keay Beneduce and illustrated by Gennady Spirin. This story was a remake of the original. Jack is a poor boy who trades his family's cow, Milky White, to a farmer he met on his way to the market. He trades the cow in exchange for five magical beans. When Jack returned, his mother was furious. She sent Jack to bed and threw the beans out the window. The beans then grew into a huge beanstalk that grew so high, it reached the sky. Jack climbed the beanstalk and ...more
Kayla Satterly
Jack and the Beanstalk is about a young boy named jack and his mother. They are very poor. One morning Jack’s mother asked him to go to town and sell the cow so that they would have money to buy food. On his way to town, an old man offered Jack magic beans in exchange for the cow. When Jack returned home, his mother was very angry and threw the beans out the window. When Jack woke up, he found that there was now a huge beanstalk where the beans had been thrown. After climbing the beanstalk a cou ...more
Hannah Guerra
Oct 03, 2013 Hannah Guerra rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-261
This traditional literature book is great for grades K-4. It follows Jack, a young boy who trades his cow for magic seeds. These magic seeds grow into a huge beanstalk housing a giant and his wife. Jack travels up the beanstalk and steals two bags of gold from the giant, then he travels up and steals a goose hat lays golden eggs, then on his last trip he steal a hard that can play itself. Each trip up, he is hidden by the giants wife and the giant threatens to eat him. The giant discovers him on ...more
Oct 15, 2009 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbgs-trad
The watercolors pictures in this book are incredible; the amount of detail done is intense. They look very realistic with the textures and drawn in 3D. They also have an older feel with the time period outfits and the manuscript type boarders and font. I also like how the boarders match the page and really set up the words. The grotesqueness of the giant and the innocence of the boy is clearly vivid with the dark colors used for the giant and the lighter colors used for the boy. The fairy is uit ...more
Brittany Schaefer
I enjoyed the illustrations in this book, this book was a magical book how the beans grew this giant stalk.
Jack’s mother wants him to sell his cow for money so that they can eat. Jack sells his cow for three magic beans instead.

In this classic tale that I remember as a child I do not remember the white woman with a wand. This book had a moral that a child should not listen to a stranger. The giant’s wife is very nice to feed Jack when he is hungry, but then Jack goes and steals from her until the giant catches him. The only way to get away is for Jack to cut down the beanstalk. This is another good m
Andrew Schoenfelder
Sep 24, 2009 Andrew Schoenfelder rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbgs-1-choice
Many different forms of Jack and the Beanstalk have been published over the years. In Ann Beneduce’s version, she did a fascinating job of setting up every page to look calm and aesthetically pleasing. The pictures were pleasant to view and give a good feel in describing the text. The illustrations and first word of every page match the theme of the old medieval time setting. I think younger children in the elementary levels would love being read this story to but might struggle reading it thems ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fab-40
Grade: 3-4
Genre: Traditional
Use: After reading this work, my students would create a bean garden. We would discuss the fantasy side of this story and how it is impossible for Jack to climb to the sky on a bean stalk. Each student will have his/her own bean plant and every day we will properly care for it (water, fertilizer, etc). We will measure its growth once a day for two weeks and then we will calculate how long it would take each students bean plant to reach the sky like Jack's did.
Apr 08, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
One of my favorite fairy tales. Excellent illustrations by Gennady Spirin.
Kendra Schaefer
Dec 15, 2011 Kendra Schaefer rated it really liked it
This would be a great book for k-3.
It is another book that I could base an entire lesson from.
Feb 21, 2012 Donalyn rated it really liked it
Beautiful watercolor illustrations enhance this detailed variant of the classic tale.
Casey Trump
A classic tale with beautiful illustrations! Can be used to teach about folklores.
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