Jack and the Beanstalk by Scudder Smith

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Jack and his widowed mother are dreadfully poor. There’s no hope but to sell their only possession, a cow. On his way to sell the animal, Jack meets a mysterious old woman, who convinces him to trade the cow for a handful of beans. His mother is furious, and angrily throws the seeds out the window. The next morning, a fabulous beanstalk has sprouted, reaching clear to the sky. The old woman promised the beans would bring great fortune . . . could it possibly lie at the top of the stalk? Jack’s adventures up the beanstalk, where he battles a fearsome giant with nothing more than courage and quick wits, make for a spellbinding lesson in resourcefulness.

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Published March 1, 2006 by Purple Bear Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Instead, a final chase among the clouds gives way to a scene of a now elegantly dressed Jack and his mother calmly gazing down from the clifftop, where the only reminder of the giant's demise is "a single red boot nestled in a treetop far below."

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