Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk


Author & Illustrator:   Colin Stimpson
Publisher:  Templar Press
Publication Year:   2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Comstalk Honor Book, starred review Kirkus books

Summary:  In this fractured fairy tale set in the 1930s, Jack and his mother run a small cafe in the middle of the city that loses its customers when an overpass is built. Jack trades their last pennies for a can of baked beans, and his mother is furious. When a "baked bean"stalk grows outside the restaurant, Jack climbs it to find an unhappy giant counting his coins who ends up following jack down to the restaurant for a happier life as a cook. The illustrations include amazing details, and the way they go between being framed like old photographs to complete fantastical spreads is charming.

Classroom Ideas:This fun book has a great theme about money not buying happiness! It would also do in a fairy tale unit, or to work on comparing and contrasting with the original tale.

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