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



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


This tale is told in language easily understood by children, using almost exclusively one-syllable words, an conveys clear a clear moral instructing children to obey their parents. Longer words, such as moth-er, fai-ry, gi-ant, and cas-tle, are hyphenated into syllables to aid early readers. There are thirteen simple black-and-white images to simply supplement the storyline.

Alternative Title

The Easy Word Fairy Book (title on cover)
Fairy Tales in Easy Words (title on title page)

Spatial Coverage

Springfield, Massachusetts




McLoughlin Brothers, Inc



Temporal Coverage



Ogres and Giants


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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