Jack and the Beanstalk - A (Not So) Tiny Story

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I love the idea of this project and when I thought of Jack and the Beanstalk i was so excited. I'm sure everyone is familiar with this classic tale but if not, here is a plot summary from wikipedia which pretty much says it all.


 "A poor woman lives far from London in a cottage with her "indolent, careless, and extravagant" son, Jack. The two have little money and are forced to sell their last possession, a cow. Jack leads the animal along the road and meets a butcher whose hat is filled with beans. Jack sells the cow for the beans. His mother is furious when she discovers the transaction and tosses the beans away. The next morning, Jack finds a beanstalk has grown to the clouds and climbs it against his mother's wishes.


 At its top, he discovers a barren countryside, and happens upon an old woman. She warns him that she is a fairy and he must do exactly as she commands or he and his mother will be destroyed. According to the fairy, Jack's father was a rich, hospitable, and charitable gentleman killed by a giant who envied his wealth. The gentleman's wife and son were spared on the condition she never tell her son the cause of his father's death. She fled with her babe to dwell in a lonely cottage. The fairy was formerly the guardian of Jack's father but transgressed on the day of his death. Her powers were suspended by the fairies, and she was unable to protect him. Her powers were restored the day Jack accepted the beans and it was she who caused the beanstalk to grow.


She now tells Jack he is the one appointed to avenge his father's death and he may take anything that belongs to the giant because it is rightfully his. Jack nears the giant's mansion and persuades the monster's wife to hide him in the oven. She does, and the giant comes home. He entertains himself with a hen that lays golden eggs. He falls asleep. Jack grabs the hen, descends the beanstalk, and gives the hen to his mother. They grow rich as time passes, but Jack longs to climb the beanstalk again. He disguises himself and gains admission to the giant's house.


After supper, the giant amuses himself counting his silver and gold, then falls asleep. Jack steals the money, descends the beanstalk, and is reunited with his mother. Three years later, Jack again climbs the beanstalk. He takes the giant's magic harp, but it calls for help and the giant pursues Jack. When Jack reaches the earth, he chops the beanstalk down and the giant plummets to his death. Jack promises his mother he will be a dutiful and obedient son."


 I love this idea because I think the theatricality of Jack climbing the beanstalk, meeting the giant, and sneaking back down to his mother could be represented so well through theatrical music.


I also love the idea of a (Not So) Tiny Story and the contrast between Jack and the Giant, I just think it could work really well.


I'll hopefully have a few illustrations to add to this idea later.

Created: Mar 13, 2011

Tags: a (not so) tiny story, jack and the beanstalk

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