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Jack and the Beanstalk
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
'Jack and the Beanstalk' by E. Nesbit is a rich retelling of the traditional Grimm's fairy tale, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. This author cleverly weaves this story to include the reader in the adventures of a foolish boy who sells his family's only procession, a cow, for a handful of beautiful beans. The plot is predictable but the enriched story and illustrations spin a magic all their own.
Similar authors: Amanda Askew; Candance Fleming; H.C. Andersen; Steven Kellogg
Similar books: Grimm's Fairy Tales by Deanna McFadden;
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz;
Little Red Riding Hood by Gennadii Spirin;
Jacques and de beanstalk by Mike Artell;
The Pied Piper's Magic by Steven Kellogg;
Jack and the Beanstalk: The graphic novel by B.A. Hocna
Date read: 7/27/2011
Jack and the Dreamsack
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
The trouble with dreams is that they always happen when you are asleep, so Jack stays awake one night and finds his way to dreamland. There, he stuffs his sack with amazing souvenirs to share with his friends and family. When he gets home the sack is empty-or is it?
Date read: 4/28/2009
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
A picture book about gardening for young children, this book spins a tale similar to the famous 'House that Jack Built,' but using a garden. 'This is the garden that Jack planted. This is the soil that made up the garden that Jack planted.' Throughout the book are pictures of the garden, the tools used in the garden, and the environmental particulars like the insects around the garden. Whenever a specific insect, seed, plant or tool is pictured, it is labeled with its name. While very young children may not understand the development of the story, the rhythm of the text and the pictures make this a wonderful introduction to gardening for young people.
Date read: 10/28/2010
John, Paul, George & Ben
Audience: Preschool - 5th Grade
In John, Paul, George & Ben, we get a glimpse of Lane Smith's amusing interpretation of the childhoods of our founding fathers. John Hancock wrote his name so large on the school chalkboard that his teacher muses that it can be read from space. A fifth lad is also included in the book. Tom was 'always doing his OWN thing.' The book includes a page that separates fact from fiction which probably gave it the non-fiction Dewey number.
Date read: 4/14/2009
Kate and the Beanstalk
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Those familiar with Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series will love her retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Kate is a bit impulsive when it comes to decision-making. Blindly trading her family's cow and last hope for food away for the promise of some mysterious magic beans, Kate returns home excited. She is shocked when her mother throws the beans out the window. Kate finds a beanstalk towering to the sky that night, and she begins to climb. At the top, an old woman asks her to right the wrongs done to an innocent family. To do so, Kate must use all her cleverness against a fierce giant who could eat her in an instant.
Similar books: Sleeping Bobby by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
Date read: 7/22/2010
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