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Jack and the Beanstalk

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  514 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Join young Jack as he climbs a giant beanstalk to a magic castle in the clouds. Meet a hen that lays golden eggs and a harp that sings by itself. And don't forget the ogre. A classic fairy tale with a vigorous look that will leave you chanting "Fee-fi-fo-fum!"
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 24th 1997 by HarperCollins (first published September 20th 1991)
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Jul 04, 2008 Jens rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jeff Helenberg, Ethan Celletti
After a very intellectual discussion of the symbolism in "Sheep in a Jeep", I think it is time for another discussion in fine literature.
"Jack and the Beanstalk" is a message-laden tale of a poor proletarian child falling prey to the demons of a society corrupted by "magic beans" and other opiates of the masses. This story tells the tale of an anarchistically-minded boy who tries to escape his socioeconomic predicament by betraying his family and buying "magic beans", which I have interpreted t...more
Tammy Emmert
Once upon a time there lived a poor widow and her son Jack. One day, Jack’s mother told him to sell their only cow. Jack went to the market and on the way he met a man who wanted to buy his cow. Jack asked, “What will you give me in return for my cow?” The man answered, “I will give you five magic beans!” Jack took the magic beans and gave the man the cow. But when he reached home, Jack’s mother was very angry. She said, “You fool! He took away your cow and gave you some beans!” She threw the be...more
Shehla Khan
As a child I Loved reading this book and use to sleep imagining how wonderful it would be to climb up in the sky and see a castle. This book is an all time favourite and describes a young boy who is told off by his mother for selling their only possession a cow for some beans. Unknown to the mother the beans are magical and when she throws them out of the window they overnight grow into beanstalk. Jack when see the stalk from his window climbs up the beanstalk which leads him to a castle of a ma...more
Michelle Daut
Before I read Jack and the Beanstalk, I thought I knew the story. I realized once I started reading I didn't remember it at all. Jack and the Beanstalk retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, was such a vibrant version of the story. The pictures had a more of a creepy feel to them, not like very nice and friendly but it made the story really come to life. I think this version of the book's illustrations really helped to develop the story and would really help a child picture what is going on....more
Another winner by Steven Kellogg. My husband told this story to the kids and then we checked out a bunch of different versions from the library. They love the pictures in this one as they sit and retell the story.
Abby Greb
I haven't read Jack and the Beanstalk in a long time. I knew the basic concept of the story, but I could not remember how everything happened. I do not know if this is the version that I read when I was younger, but most of it sounds similar.
I think it is a cute story. It has a good lesson taught; I feel like there are a few lessons to teach throughout this story. Fairytales are a great genre to use in classrooms; you can teach moral lessons, or even act out the story. You could even have the ch...more
Haley Donahue
I think this book has incredible illustrations and was written well. The book is kind of in Australian slang that is easily understood through this I can ask my students questions about the book to see if they are paying attention and to see if they understand what is being read. I think this would be a good book to read to early elementary maybe between kindergarten and 2nd grade. The only thing I did not like about the book is it's meaning at the end jack gets rich from stealing from an ogre a...more
Megan Birge
Jack and the Beanstalk is a common folktale that is about a young boy Jack who receives magic beans. Jack lives with his mother for his dad was killed when he was just a boy by a giant. Jack and his mother struggle to make ends meet and they have sold nearly all of their things so they have food to survive. The day finally came when their dearest cow stop producing milk so Jack took her to the market to be sold. On the way to the market Jack encountered a man willing to trade the cow for magic b...more
Baylee Washburn
In this story, a young boy named Jack climbs a magical beanstalk into the sky and steals valuable items from a boy-eating ogre. The illustrations used in this book are vibrant and detailed, filling every page from corner to corner. Using colored inks, watercolors, and acrylics, the illustrator of this book creates a colorful world of fantasy through his illustrations. The way in which the paints overlap and blend together adds to the feelings of fantasy, wonder, and imagination that accompany th...more
Erika Gregory
I throughly enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk. However, I believe this book should be read to older children such as second grade. The story is good but ends kind of morbidly with the death of the giant and could be difficult and confusing for younger children to understand. This story would also be good to have within older classrooms because it touches on difficult issues. Not only death but also stealing and money problems. Children having the opportunity to read about such problems can...more
Catherine Fevery
This is another feel good story. As with the other fairy tails, it started with you feeling bad for the main character but in the end it always turns out well. Jack and his mother were very poor so Jack tried selling a cow to get some money. The man Jack sold it too did not have any money but some magical beans. The man convinced Jack to trade his cow for the magical beans so Jack did. When Jack returned home, his mother was very upset that he only had some “worthless” beans. These beans were no...more
Carissa M
"Jack and the Beanstalk" by Steven Kellogg, is the tale about a boy named Jack and his mother. Their cow, Milky White, no longer is producing the family milk. An old man offers Jack five magical beans in exchange for his cow. Jack's mother is angry and throws the beans outside of the window. The next morning Jack wakes up to a giant beanstalk that reaches the sky. The story tells of the generosity of the Ogre's wife and Jack's "greed" stealing the Ogre's and his wives goods. Jack and his mother...more
Shelli Gheen
In his retold version of Jack and the Beanstalk (1991), Steven Kellogg stays true to the story as found in English Fairy Tales edited by Joseph Jacobs in 1889. Jack heads to town to sell his cow, Milky-white, and meets a small man along the way who offers him five magic beans in exchange for the cow. Mom throws the beans out the window and sends Jack to his room. So far not too different from what most of us are used to. But when Jack climbs the beanstalk the next morning, he finds a large house...more
Mrs. Jones
Do you like a mix of fairy tale and folk tale; if you do I would read the action packed Jack and the Beanstalk. It has a lot of fun stuff. If you read this book it just might make your day. After the day I read Jack and the Beanstalk I read it almost every day after that.
Jack gets beans that his mom does not approve of and then throws them out the window but they start to grow. In the morning when Jack wakes up he sees a ginormous beanstalk. Jack climbs it and then he reaches the top he sees a...more
Jack and The Beanstalk

Grades K-4th

An author’s source note at the beginning of this book describes that he based his version on the English Fairy Tales that were edited by Joseph Jacobs in 1889. He also states that he kept some of the phrases like “start shop” because of their contribution to the tale. The illustrations are bright and whimsical and tell the story without the use of much text. The text is surrounded by a glowing yellow box that separates it from the art. Children will be enthralle...more
Jack and the beanstalk is a classic fairytale story. It tells the story of a young boy that because his family is poor and are barely getting by with what they have, he sells the family cow for some "magical beans." To his amazement those beans were indeed magical, but he didn't know how magical. These beans take him up a beanstalk to a land where a giant lives, and has a magic harp, and a goose that lays golden eggs. Jack decides that if just gets one item of these his family would never go hun...more
Kellogg's version of the classic folktale is one of my favorites (I like it a lot better than Paul Galdone's, which has a weird twist to it). It's not too long, not too short, and has great illustrations. The 2nd graders I read it to last week really, really liked it. And that ogre is UGGGG-LY!
Allison Zingale
What immediately drew my attention to this book were the illustrations. They absolutely make this story come to life. I would reccommend this book to older kids, possibly forth or fifth grade, because some of the sentences are worded in an old-fashioned style: "So Jack went upstairs to his little room in the attic, and sad and sorry he was to be sure, as much for his mother's sake as for the loss of his supper." This story could definitely be confusing, as far as the moral goes. The protagonist...more
Jen Zuvella
I really liked re reading Jack and The Beanstalk has an adult. I noticed that this story should probably be read to older children like third grade because of all the difficult topics that the story touches on; death of the giant, stealing money, and family suffering because of money problems. These topics would be confusing for younger children to understand and it may cause problems within the classroom. Although I love how the story shows how courageous Jack is to help him and his mother. The...more
Allie Pierskalla
This book is a tad long for young students. The bad guys in the story are also a little scary. It could be nice to have in an older classroom library for students who like traditional literature. I would not use this for younger students though.
I thought the book was interesting. I liked the colorful pictures and the positions of the paragraphs on each page were at different spots. I thought it was weird that she kept only him in the oven and let the orge eat the other kids.
Mr. John
Jack and the Beanstalk is a good book, where the child made a mistake, but it turned out to work out in the end. I am not extremely crazy about how it ended, but it is a classic children book and very good story line that keeps you interested.
Tishandra Mayfield
After reading the book, give each child a word search worksheet. Have each child to circle words that are related to the "Jack and the Beanstalk."
This book was my nephew's first exposure to Jack and the Beanstalk. Steven Kellogg told the story well! He didn't rush it, but he didn't drag it out, either, and his illustrations were (I thought) kind of neat. I don't imagine that they'd be to everyone's taste, but the kids and I liked them.

The kids were rather captivated by this story. It was long. I really didn't think my four year old nephew was going to have the attention span for this book, but he was listening. I was particularly happy wh...more
Jourdan Aanenson
The traditional story of Jack and the beanstalk comes to life with the story of Jack's journey to a world that is a magical place that provides for his family.

The pictures in this book are very vivid. They have a lot of detail and this is great for small children because it keeps their attention focused on the book. The lines in Jack's hair makes his hair look very soft and fluffy. The Illustrator did a wonderful job of creating the beautiful pictures that he used to make this story come to life...more
Jack and the Beanstalk is a story I've heard several different ways. They all seem to be pretty similar all the way up to he part where Jack actually climbs up the beanstalk, then that's when I notice the stories sometimes changes. This one was different, I never heard or read this story where the ogre has a wife. Most of the story was similar apart from that. I think this is a great fairytale for children and I think having small tweaks in a story is great way to get kids in creating their own...more
Jessie Mcelhoe
Kellogg has a note in the beginning of the book stating that his version is based on the “Jack and the Beanstalk” in English Fairy Tales edited by Joseph Jacob in 1889. The illustrations are very colorful with bright hues on land and darker hues when Jack reaches the top of the beanstalk in the ogre’s layer. Kellogg uses inks, watercolor, and acrylics in his illustrations. There is very little white space through out the story, and the text is incorporated into boxes that are part of the illustr...more
Ashlie Covington
Jack and the Beanstalk is a story I've heard several different ways. This one was different, I haven't heard this version where the ogre has a wife. I think this is a great fairytale for children and I think having small tweaks in a story is great way to get kids in creating their own stories, where they can take a common story and change one aspect of it and have the story be retold over and over again with each one being unique. The pictures in this book are very detailed. Great for small chil...more
Arsenio Richardson
I really liked this book because it was classic folktale. It had some animals, beast and magic. Those things made the story flow very well. I also think that a child, who would read the book, will know that it is a made up story and certain parts are not real. The author did a great job with the art and literature because every time you getting finished reading the text you look at the art to see if could match the description in your mind. I have read a number of different books from this autho...more
Savannah Montalvo
Jack and the Beanstalk is written and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. This story was retold from the original tale. The concept of this tale is very similar to the original. Instead of a giant going after the poor boy, it's a ogre. I thought the illustrations in the book were full of detail and it helped me better visualize the story. The only problem I had with this story is, I'm not sure if it sets a good message for children because the little boy steals to become rich. Over all, I think kids...more
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Steven Kellogg is an author and illustrator who has contributed over 90 books for children. He is best known for writing books about animals, for which he credits his grandmother .
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