JACK OUTWITS THE GIANTS
New York : Margaret K. McElderry
IL K-3, RL 5.1
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handed down from Merry Old England about a boy named Jack who must outwit
giants to save his own life, or the life of his family, are the basis for
this tale from Southern Appalachia. You all know about Jack and the Beanstalk,
right? In this tale, Jack is out walking in the countryside when he is
caught in a bad rainstorm. Looking about, he finds one old farmhouse and
knocks on the door to ask for shelter for the night. The farmhouse belongs
to a two-headed giant and his giant wife. They invite him in, but seem
more interested in eating Jack than giving him any help. Whew! What a predicament!
Read this hilarious story to see how one bright boy outwits two giants
who are up to no good. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)
Folklore -- Appalachian Region.
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