Jack can't seem to do anything useful for his poor mother. He can't even accomplish an errand as simple as selling their old cow; instead, he trades it for a handful of beans. But then those beans sprout into a towering stalk, which elevates Jack to a strange land ruled by a greedy giant. Jack must be clever and brave as he tries to return the giant's stolen treasures to their rightful owner. Along the way, he may even succeed in making his mother proud - and very wealthy! This is a charming, wry retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, first published in 1908. This edition features E. Nesbit's unabridged text and is complemented by Matt Tavares' dynamic and engaging illustrations.
There are 48 pages in this book. This is a picture book. A picture book uses pictures and text to tell the story. The number of words varies from zero ('wordless') to around 1k over 32 pages. Picture books are typically aimed at young readers (age 3-6) but can also be aimed at older children (7+). This book was published 2007 by Walker Books Ltd .
Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet who published over 60 books of fiction for children under her pen name E. Nesbit. E. Nesbit (1858-1924) spent her childhood in Germany and later lived in England. Her classic stories of fantasy and adventure for children, written in the early 1890s, include The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Railway Children. Matt Tavares is the illustrator of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and the author/illustrator of Zachary's Ball and Oliver's Game. He lives in Maine, USA.
This book contains the following story:
Jack and the Beanstalk
Fee fie fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread'. Lazy Jack lives with his poor mother in a little shack. They are so poor that one day she sends Jack off to market to sell their cow so they can buy food. On the way to market Jack meets a stranger who persuades him to part with the cow for some magic beans. When Jack returns home with no cow and no money his mother is furious and throws the beans out of the window. The next morning the two awake to find that a huge beanstalk has gronw from the beans. Jack climbs the beanstalk and finds a new land at the top complete with a castle and a very grumpy giant. Whilst the giant is asleep Jack steals a hen that lays golden eggs. On a second trip he steals bags of money. On the third trip he tries to steal a golden harp, but the harp calls for its master and the giant wakes up and follows Jack down the beanstalk. As soon as Jack reaches the ground, he sets to work to chop
This book has been nominated for the following award:
Parents' Choice Award
This book was recognised by the Parents' Choice Award.