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beautiful rendition of a classic fairy tale
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK uses accessible language, colorful cartoonish images, and oversized board book pages to bring this classic fairytale to preschoolers. This book follows the past stories of Jack and the magic beanstalk very closely, staying true to the originals. Jack and his mother are poor with only their cow for milk. When the cow stops producing, Jack must go and sell the cow to afford food.

Jack ends up selling to an old man who offers him a handful of beans. When Jack comes home, his mother is upset and throws the beans outside. It rains overnight, and a beanstalk grows. When Jack climbs it, he finds a huge castle- and the giant who lives there. The giant looks for him but cannot find where Jack hides. When the giant falls asleep, Jack steals a bag of gold. Later, Jack returns and steals a goose who lays gold eggs and then a magical golden harp. The harp wakes the giant, and he follows Jack down the beanstalk- until Jack chops it down and the giant falls. Jack and his mother live happily ever after.

The book itself is large with many full page illustrations that are full of colors. The words are printed in a large and clear font, which is great for adults who read aloud and/or young children who are learning to read. The text itself contains simple words, which are easy for toddlers and preschoolers to understand. Jack and his mother's emotions are also described in the book, which helps with children's comprehension.

Although the implication is that the giant dies at the end, this is not stated outright which is appropriate for the age group. There is also a good amount of dialogue, which allows readers to do voices to entertain their little ones.

For parents who love the classics and easy to read books, this new edition is a delightful one to share with young children who will understand the text and enjoy the lovely images that cover each page.
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