Jack and the Beanstalk: The Graphic Novel by Blake HoenaFolktale
In this graphic novel version of the familiar tale Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack is traveling to the market to sell the family cow when he meets a mysterious old man who gives him five magic beans in exchange for the cow. Returning home with excitement, Jack is shocked when his mother is not nearly as thrilled by the deal as he is and throws the beans out the door. Running out the door the next morning, Jack collides with a massive beanstalk that has sprouted overnight and reaches high into the sky. Climbing it in search of food, he encounters the giant responsible for his fathers demise and his familys poverty. Will his desire for justice for his father prove to be his undoing?
While the witty commentary of the female characters, Jacks mother and the giants wife, provide interest and humor, the story has some inconsistencies and gaps. For example, the book does not attempt to explain why the giants wife tries to save Jack from being eaten right after she tells Jack about the little boy that the giant ate the previous night. Why does she feel sympathy towards Jack when she allowed another boy to meet the same fate? The book also skims over one of Jacks acts of thievery, showing only his return to his mother with the purloined hen, not how he stole her from the giant. The illustrations are engaging and focus on moments of action, but the illustrator frequently relies on boxes containing narration, which break up the flow of the story, and he chooses to have Jack speak aloud to himself when thought bubbles might have been more natural. In addition, in a scene in which Jack is hiding from the giant in a teapot, given the amount of Jacks head that is showing in the illustration, it seems highly unlikely that the giant would have missed seeing him. At the end of the novel, the author explains the storys origins in the oral tradition and describes variants of the tale. He identifies the source that his version most closely resembles but explains that he changed some details. This explanation as well as the discussion questions and writing prompts that follow might make this graphic novel a possible reading for a unit on fairy tales in an elementary classroom, especially since the graphic novel format would add variety for students. However, the storys theme of an eye for an eye, displayed through Jacks pilfering of the giants possessions that previously belonged to Jacks father as well as through the giants eventual fate, seems like a somewhat disturbing lesson for a young audience. Target Audience: Ages 7-10
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Sign in. Jack and his mother are the picture of poverty. They're starving and can't afford to eat or tend to the farm. Even the family goldfish is literally nothing but bones. Jack decides to sell the cow at the market. He is about to sell it to a butcher, but a stranger convinces him to buy magic beans instead. Jack's feels that he was cheated and punishes him for being so gullible.
Summary of Jack and the Beanstalk Jack is a poor little boy who lives in the forest with his mom. The son and mother live off their cows milk, but one day when the cow doesn't produce any milk, Jack's mom tells him to go sell the cow in the market for money and food. When Jack is on the way to sell the cow he meets a man who says he has magic beans that grow really tall overnight. Jack decides to exchange the cow for the magical beans and when Jack gets home he proudly shows his mother the beans, but she gets becomes very angry with Jack and throws the beans out the window. His mother then sends Jack to bed with no dinner and when Jack wakes up the next morning he realizes that the beans sprouted into a giant beanstalk traveling all the way up to the sky. Jack is curious as to what is up at the top, so he climbs up the beanstalk and walks down the road to find a giant castle.
And what is the moral of this story? First, a very short summary of the plot of the Jack and the beanstalk tale or a refresher for those who are some way out of the nursery. Jack is a young and rather reckless boy who lives with his widowed mother. Unfortunately, while on his way into town, Jack meets a bean dealer who says he will pay Jack a hat full of magic beans for the cow. He returns home with no cow and no money and only a hat full of beans to show for the journey; his mother, needless to say, is less than happy with this outcome, and hurls the beans out into the garden in her anger. They both retire to bed without having eaten, as they have no food left. However, when Jack wakes the next morning, he finds that the magic beans scattered across the garden have grown into a giant beanstalk outside his window.
Already have an account? Log in! Exposition: Jack and his mother are very poor. No one has food in the house, including the animals. To fix this, Jack suggests that he sell the cow at market. Inciting Incident: At the market, Jack sells the cow for some beans. His mother gets mad at him when he brings them home, and throws them out the window.