Jack and the Beanstalk

By John Cech (Retold by); Robert MacKenzie (Illustrator)
(Sterling, Hardcover, 9781402730641, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 2008

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Jack and his marvelous beanstalk made their first appearance in England in 1734 and for nearly three centuries the tale has continued to enchant children. After all, what could be more reassuring to a small child than the idea that even a little boy can outwit a scary giant?
John Cech retells this popular story with humor and warmth, adding plenty of entertaining detail and bringing in some less familiar elements, too. (For example, when Jack escapes for the last time, the giant's wife comes along with him, and becomes his mother's good friend.) And Robert Mackenzie's art captures all the magic of the huge beanstalk and the giant's oversized world up in the clouds.

About the Author
John Cech is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida, editor of American Writers for Children, 1900-1960, volume 22 in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, and a past president of the Children's Literature Association. His two most recent children's books are Django (with Sharon McGinley-Nally) and Jacque-Henri Lartigue: Boy with a Camera (1994).

I joined the navy reserve so I would not be drafted into the army, as Korea was getting started. For some reason I got one of the best jobs on base. I was a parachute rigger at Oakland Naval Air Station. Every fifth man got a BAR. The marines had nine BAR's per platoon and the army had three. That was one reason the marines had more fire power than the army. I fired expert with the 45 pistol. An M-1 weighs 9.5 pounds. I carried a BAR in Combat Training and it weighed 20 pounds. Everyone wanted to help with firing it, but no one wanted to help carry it.
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