Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks!
Author / Illustrator:
Eric Braun / Cristian Bernardini
Picture Window Books, 2011
Kindergarten to Grade 3
Fractured fairytale / Humour
This is a funny look at the classic tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, from the giant's point of view. The giant tries very hard to garner some sympathy with his sore knees, his constant hunger and the pesky humans that keep annoying him. But hey! He EATS people and he admits it. Still, Jack DOES seem like a sneaky, mean little character. You'll have to read the book and decide for yourself.
Opening Lines:People think it's easy being a giant. You get to be rotten, grumpy, and loud. You're big and tough. You have gobs of treasure. And nobody--nobody--tells you to behave.
Why I Like It:
I'm a sucker for fractured fairytales. I've read so many classics over the years that I start to get a bit tired of the goody goody heroes and heroines. And really! as the girls in my class like to say, why are the princesses always marrying guys they barely know? Yes, I digress, but my point is, it's always fun - and a good idea - to think about differing points of view.
As an added bonus, I think the illustrations are gorgeous. They're big, bold and colourful. Just what I like in a read-aloud picture book.
Grand Conversations ~ Immediately after reading the book, we all sat in a big circle and talked about whether or not we believed the giant. Did we feel sorry for him or was he just trying to trick us? What I love about these discussions is the kids are basically in control of them. They don't put up their hands, they just speak out when there's a space in the conversation. They were very polite today, until the conversation veered into vegetarianism and whether or not the giant is mean because he needs to maintain a healthy, balanced diet by eating kids. Hee hee. Yes, I'm a vegetarian, but I swear, I had NOTHING to do with that part of the conversation.
Writing Response ~ The kids drew a picture of the giant and wrote their opinion based on our previous discussion.
Art Activity ~ We painted these perspective drawings of the giant last week. You can find the directions right here.
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