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Collected Item: ““Jack and the Beanstalk.” Fairy Tales in Easy Words, Springfield, MA: McLoughlin Brothers, Inc., pp. 27-56.”

Full bibliographic citation (MLA)

“Jack and the Beanstalk.” Fairy Tales in Easy Words, Springfield, MA: McLoughlin Brothers, Inc., pp. 27-56.;lc:UCBOULDERCB1~53~53&mi=9&trs=50

Title of the complete book/anthology (not a single chapter/fairy tale)

The Easy Word Fairy Book

The name of the author or editor of the complete book/anthology (leave blank if none are listed)

Donald Beaty Bloch

City where the book/anthology was published

Springfield, Massachusetts

The country where the book/anthology was published (use United States for US publications)


The publisher of the book/anthology (as written on the title page)

McLoughlin Brothers, Inc

Date of publication (or date range from the library catalog, if no dates are listed in the book)


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The fairy tale type (use the drop down menu)

Ogres and Giants

What is special about this version of the tale?

This tale is special because there is rhyming, language easily understood by children, and a distinct moral stated at the end, which means this book was intended for a young audience. There are a few, simple black-and-white images to simply supplement the storyline.

A brief summary of the plot that highlights any unique variations

The story begins with a widow and her son, Jack, who are poor and need to sell their cow for money. Jack takes the cow into town and is offered magic beans in exchange for it. When his mother sees he’s brought home beans instead of money, she throws the beans out the window and a great beanstalk grows into the clouds. Jack climbs the stalk in hopes of finding food. He comes across a town among the clouds and is helped by a magic fairy to find a giant’s castle (home to the giant who killed Jack’s father). Jack eventually steals a magic hen and gold coins from the giant. Jack also attempts to steal a harp but the giant wakes up from his slumber and chases after Jack, who runs down the beanstalk, and cuts it with an axe, causing the giant to fall and die. This serves justice to the giant and also teaches Jack to always behave and listen to his mother.

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