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Waynetta and the Cornstalk: A Texas Fairy Tale

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This fun retelling of RJack and the BeanstalkS is full of cowgirl sass, as a young Texas girl discovers her luck at the top of a giant cornstalk. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Karen
Mar 16, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
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Two Versions of the Same Fairy Tale

BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Ketteman, H. (2007). Waynetta and the cornstalk: A Texas fairy tale (D. Greenseid, Illustrator). Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman.

SUMMARY
Waynetta, the Texas cowgirl version of Jack, ends up climbing a magic cornstalk rather than a beanstalk in Helen Ketteman’s revamping of the classic fairy tale. With colloquialisms exactly on target for a girl from east Texas, Waynetta yes ma’ams her way through the hurdles involved in saving thei
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Luanne Hatcher
Mar 10, 2014 Luanne Hatcher rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy reading fractured tales and spinoffs on fairy tales, so I looked forward to reading this book. It didn't disappoint me, either! It was a fun book to read and my students will love it. Waynetta is "Jack" in this spinoff, but is not a lazy gal. She and her ma work really hard on their poor dried up ranch and finally have to sell their last longhorn. On her way to town, she meets a stranger and trades their longhorn for some magic corn. As expected, Ma isn't happy and throws the corn ...more
Tom
Dec 08, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it
K-3rd Grade
Helen Ketterman has put a Texas style spin on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk in this beautifully illustrated vibrant picture book. In this adventure Waynetta trades a longhorn for magic corn, and when it accidently gets planted, and a huge cornstalk grows she decides to investigate. When she climbs the cornstalk she discovers items that the giant has, can turn around the luck that her Mother and herself, she decides to steal them. This adaptation of the original has a lot of humor
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Christina Bergstrom
Oct 30, 2011 Christina Bergstrom rated it really liked it
This was an interesting and amusing take on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. I liked that a more updated version was made for children to read. I thought that the ranch was a good setting that children could relate to. The illustrations correlated with the text and were enjoyable to look at. The ending was nice by showing that there could be another side to the giant. The fact that the "meaness" was knocked out of him and they could all work together was a nice twist to an old tale. As a tea ...more
Jill
Dec 31, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
Cute country-western take on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale.

The "fee-fie-fo" twists were adorable and also kind of gross. But the original story rhyme is also gross, so what can you do?
Heidi-Marie
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Michelle
A retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk done Texas-style with a feisty cowgirl and a giant cowboy in the clouds.

I really enjoyed this version. It's nice to see a female represented in a traditionally male story. I also find it fun when I have the opportunity to use a southern twang when reading aloud. It's about the only accent that I can pull off! Plus different versions of a classic tale always make for a great compare/contrast lesson.


Kimberly
Jun 24, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
I read this book as a read aloud to my third grade class during block. It is really cute, its a play on the story Jack and the Beanstalk but with Texas twang... After we read the story, the students made Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the story.
Tricia
Feb 01, 2010 Tricia rated it liked it
Twist on the classic "Jack and the Beanstalk" using Texas twang and a cornstalk. The giant's wife is sympathetic to Waynetta's distress and all ends well for giant and human.
Kari
Nov 18, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it
I didn't like it as much as 3 little gators and Aramadilly Chilli, but my kids LOVE it. They have me read it over and over and over again. It's cute.
Patty Barr
Feb 02, 2012 Patty Barr rated it really liked it
You have to read this one with a Texas drawl! My students liked the way this one ended - not predictable at all!
Saralyn
Nov 01, 2008 Saralyn rated it really liked it
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I think this might be my favorite of the Texas fairy tales. I especially liked the ending. Very happy.
Bree
Aug 04, 2014 Bree rated it liked it
Notes:
read this after reading original Jack folk tale; the kids think it's pretty funny
Joe Gardner
Apr 24, 2010 Joe Gardner rated it really liked it
interesting retellling of the classic set in Texas with a female in the lead role.
Paul
Jul 03, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
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Nice Graphics, didn't care about the twisted ending.
Zonia
Apr 24, 2008 Zonia rated it it was amazing
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Jack and the Beanstalk Texas-style.
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author and mother of two grown sons. Texas, where she lived for 9 years, is one of her favorite places and several of her books are set there. She, her husband, and their two cats currently live in Sanibel Island, Florida--where plenty of armadillos live, too.
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