Jack and the Beanstalk by Nina CrewsA fresh, modern take on the traditional tale, here Jack lives in a city and is paid the beans for a job he has done. When he plants the beans, they grow into the huge beanstalk. He climbs the beanstalk to discover giants living in the clouds. Giants who have a hen who lays golden eggs and plenty of jobs for Jack to do for them. But Jack escapes down the beanstalk with the hen. The giants chase after him, and then the ending takes a pleasant twist from the traditional story. A new look at an old story, this book will be most enjoyed by children who are familiar with the traditional tale and can spot the differences.
Crews is known for her innovative illustrations that use collages of photographs to create modern, vibrant stories. Here she uses the technique to great effect with beanstalk in particular. She also captures the feel of an urban setting very nicely and subtly. The entire book feels modern and interesting.
The story does have surprising twists and turns from the original. This too adds the feeling of freshness. The story moves along faster than the original and reads aloud very nicely. The bellows of the giants, the rhythm of the writing, and the bright illustrations make for a book that is perfect for sharing.
Ideal for comparing and contrasting with more traditional versions of the story, this book also reads aloud well on its own. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Beanstalk - Fotos, Lizenzfreie Bilder und Stockfotos
There were camera views of large areas of landscape, climbing mobs of little bearded boys attacking the giant's castle, a royal palace yard, busy as a beehive, and a lovely village of the England of Alfred the Great, set a thousand years after its time and twice 3, miles from the longitude of Greenwich. Children in the boxes last night were in at the death of the giant, when that worthy took his curtain of fire in up-to-date war fashion at o'clock. Little Jack smoked the varmint out, climbed down the beanstalk, and promised to wed the little Princess, all just as it is in the story, allowing for movie variations. Some of the elders were overmuch amused at the love-making of the childish pair. Indeed, the Princess was teething, and her smile was shy a pearl or two, but the Jack of her suit was easily the trump card, a manly little chap, who was some actor besides, and appealingly expressive in a "close-up" view. The producers promise a whole new world of these old stories, if the adaptation to moving picture illustration proves interesting to little folk of today, as their elders once found the versions of Hans Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. The performances of the first piece will be given twice daily hereafter.
Some of you has already seen my latest experiment that I published via twitter some days ago. Nothing new since then, I just want to put it up here as well. This is my second time trying out three.
Jack and the Beanstalk might be one of the oldest tales ever told. The Aarne-Thompson-Uther ATU classification of Folk Tales assigns numbers to the various common plots that have emerged over centuries of literary production in a system that resembles the Dewey Decimal system. The collation of thousands of texts into common threads has enabled scholars to search for elements of a common plot and find examples of the same plot as it appears in different cultures. One particular plot, ATU , is well-known and treasured by children and adults throughout the English speaking world. Though the ATU traces this story to Italy in the s, the version that people are most familiar with dates to in a Christmas-themed collection of stories printed in London.
According to researchers at the universities in Durham and Lisbon , the story originated more than five millennia ago, based on a wide-spread archaic story form which is now classified by folklorists as ATU The Boy Who Stole Ogre's Treasure. Jack is a young, poor boy living with his widowed mother and a dairy cow on a farm cottage. The cow's milk was their only source of income. When the cow stops giving milk , Jack's mother tells him to take her to the market to be sold. On the way, Jack meets a bean dealer who offers magic beans in exchange for the cow, and Jack makes the trade. When he arrives home without any money, his mother becomes angry, throws the beans out of the window, and sends Jack to bed without dinner.