Trust Me, Jacks Beanstalk Stinks!: The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as Told by the Giant by Eric BraunThink the Giant was the bad guy, terrifying poor little Jack? Think again! In this fun, quirky picture book, discover the other side of this popular fairy tale. Along with bright, bold illustrations, the bestselling OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY series gives young readers a fresh perspective on familiar tales. Read others in this series, including SERIOUSLY, SNOW WHITE WAS SO FORGETFUL! and BELIEVE ME, GOLDILOCKS ROCKS!
A Summary and Analysis of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’
Young lad Jack is told by his mother to sell their family cow, which he trades to a stranger for five magic beans. In the castle, Jack encounters a giant woman and her giant husband. Jack returns to the castle to steal back the treasures and is forced to evacuate when the giant begins to chase him down the beanstalk. Jack cuts down the beanstalk causing the giant to plummet to his death, and his family lives happily ever after. Jack and the Beanstalk almost immediately raises philosophical questions about trust. Although this trust pays off the day after when the beanstalk grew as high as the clouds, the question remains if one should trust a stranger or anyone at all for that matter.
Jack and the Beanstalk, as recorded by Andrew Lang Jack and the Beanstalk, as recorded by Edwin Sidney Hartland
to love and be wise is impossible
And all they had to live on was the milk the cow gave every morning, which they carried to the market and sold. But one morning Milky-white gave no milk, and they didn't know what to do. He hadn't gone far when he met a funny, looking old man, who said to him: "Good morning, Jack. Back goes Jack home, and as he hadn't gone very far it wasn't dusk by the time he got to his door. What do you say to these beans; they're magical, plant them overnight and——". Take that! And as for your precious beans here they go out of the window.
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.