Jack and the Beanstalk by Ann Keay Beneduce

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What happens when a boy trades his family's only possession--a cow named Milky White--for a handful of magic beans? If the boy's name is Jack, quite a lot happens. Jack's mother becomes furious, those magic beans grow into a beanstalk that reaches all the way to the sky, and he meets, would you believe, a hungry giant!

World renowned painter Gennady Spirin brings a never-before-seen richness and beauty to this classic tale, told for a new generation by Ann Keay Beneduce. Let its magic carry you up to the wondrous world of the beanstalk.
 

About Ann Keay Beneduce

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Beneduce worked for many years as an editor of children's books. She now devotes her tiem to writing books for young readers and translating stories from French to English. Gennady Spirin was born near Moscow in the former Soviet Union. His delicate watercolor illustrations echo the great masters of the Renaissance. Mr. Spirin has received four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, the Golden Apple from the Bratislava International Biennial, and First Prize at both the Bologna and Barcelona International Book Fairs, and has appeared on The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year list four times.
 
Published October 25, 1999 by Philomel. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If beanstalks are wondrous, Spirin proves it so, painting golden-lit panels with da Vinci-esque dark undertones.

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Like Beneduce and Spirin in their adaptation of this staple (reviewed above), Walker (The Barefoot Book of Pirates) and Sharkey (The Gigantic Turnip) try to mediate its violence.

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Spirin's (The Sea King's Daughter) breathtaking illustrations for this retelling are so engrossing that readers may notice the fluidity of the text almost as an afterthought.

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