Jack and the Beanstalk



Once upon a time there lived a poor widow and her son Jack. One day, Jack’s mother told him to sell their only cow. Jack went to the market and on the way he met a man who wanted to buy his cow. Jack asked, “What will you give me in return for my cow?” The man answered, “I will give you five magic beans!” Jack took the magic beans and gave the man the cow. But when he reached home, Jack’s mother was very angry. She said, “You fool! He took away your cow and gave you some beans!” She threw the beans out of the window. Jack was very sad and went to sleep without dinner.

The next day, when Jack woke up in the morning and looked out of the window, he saw that a huge beanstalk had grown from his magic beans! He climbed up the beanstalk and reached a kingdom in the sky. There lived a giant and his wife. Jack went inside the house and found the giant’s wife in the kitchen. Jack said, “Could you please give me something to eat? I am so hungry!” The kind wife gave him bread and some milk.

While he was eating, the giant came home. The giant was very big and looked very fearsome. Jack was terrified and went and hid inside. The giant cried, “Fee-fifo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!” The wife said, “There is no boy in here!” So, the giant ate his food and then went to his room. He took out his sacks of gold coins, counted them and kept them aside. Then he went to sleep. In the night, Jack crept out of his hiding place, took one sack of gold coins and climbed down the beanstalk. At home, he gave the coins to his mother. His mother was very happy and they lived well for sometime.

climbed the beanstalk and went to the giant’s house again. Once again, Jack asked the giant’s wife for food, but while he was eating the giant returned. Jack leapt up in fright and went and hid under the bed. The giant cried, “Fee-fifo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!” The wife said, “There is no boy in here!” The giant ate his food and went to his room. There, he took out a hen. He shouted, “Lay!” and the hen laid a golden egg. When the giant fell asleep, Jack took the hen and climbed down the beanstalk. Jack’s mother was very happy with him.

After some days, Jack once again climbed the beanstalk and went to the giant’s castle. For the third time, Jack met the giant’s wife and asked for some food. Once again, the giant’s wife gave him bread and milk. But while Jack was eating, the giant came home. “Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!” cried the giant. “Don’t be silly! There is no boy in here!” said his wife.

The giant had a magical harp that could play beautiful songs. While the giant slept, Jack took the harp and was about to leave. Suddenly, the magic harp cried, “Help master! A boy is stealing me!” The giant woke up and saw Jack with the harp. Furious, he ran after Jack. But Jack was too fast for him. He ran down the beanstalk and reached home. The giant followed him down. Jack quickly ran inside his house and fetched an axe. He began to chop the beanstalk. The giant fell and died.

Jack and his mother were now very rich and they lived happily ever after.

31 Responses to “Jack and the Beanstalk”

  1. Rebekah Adewole on May 8th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Amazing xxxx for children :,)

  2. good story

  3. Jack and the beanstalk is a really good story for children to learn about that there are times when things get hard and u need to stand up for that

  4. Michael Diccion on June 13th, 2013 at 4:30 am

    not good for children. it’s bad to steal!!!

  5. get wrecked boy!

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  7. I didn't feel it's a good story for children as they may learn that it is ok to steal from others for your own benefit.

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  9. really nice story!!!

  10. loser with nolife on November 13th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    it sucks

  11. this is a complex story, its very difficult to resolve "what`s the authors purpose?" Does the author suggest stealing is ok? Or that adventure and deceit pays off? Or that parental figures should trust their subordinates? Or that foolish dreams do come true? What`s the authors MAIN point? What was his/her purpose for writing this tale? Should we side with Jack? Or feel sorry for the Ogre? What sorts of questions is the author trying to answer? "how do I convince people that stealing is sometimes good?" Not an easy tale to digest!

  12. Think and Grow Rich is a better read

  13. You're kidding me right? LOL This is a nursery rhyme, a short story, you are judging the morality of this? Now I've seen it all. I think you need to go into the woods and get away for awhile, a good rest and coming down to Earth would be good for you. If you really want to go there, then taking something from someone who would use it wrong and harm people is a good thing, yes, it's the right thing to do, especially if you're an Englishman, lol.

  14. Joe Edwards, thank you for your response. Let me respond in-turn. "This is a nursery rhyme, a short story, you are judging the morality of this?" Yes Joe, I am! For…If I had a child, I`d read him these kinds of stories, old tales and short-stories..perhaps the Brothers Grimm before bed. I would ask him questions like "who did something bad? why did he do it? what should he have done? etc…" Maybe I`m saying this because I have no kids of my own, perhaps I`m too idealistic? I`m a teacher, so that may have something to do with it. I also live in Tokyo with very few friends…no doubt – I am eccentric, so that may have something to do with it as well. Regardless of personal views I think many people would agree with me in saying this, "I think reading (no matter what it is) almost always provides us with a chance to learn about ourselves, other people and the world. Joe – Have you read Mortimer Adler`s "How to Read a Book" ? I highly recommend it! If your like me, your definitely TIRED of TV, even the radio…or pop music (though I still love Zepplin!). If your tired of our BS DUMBED DOWN CULTURE…then pick up "How to Read a Book," basically, Adler writes we only get out of a book – as much as we put in. Much like a catcher works to receive a 95 mph fastball…readers have to work at "receiving" as much from the author (pitcher) as we can. Adler suggests reading (and listening) are not automatic – we can not "download" ideas from someone. Reading should not be passive input, rather, we have to dig into a book to see the world as the author does, inspect his arguments, his perspective. And I believe once you, me, or anyone else start digging into books are hard as they can, it`s hard to stop. Reading a single book several times over is far more rewarding than reading a 100 books a year. Right now, I`m trying my damnedest to make friends with Plato, I`ll listen to him over the news or MTV any-day. If I manage to learn even a little bit from the genius, I`d count myself lucky! We owe our attention, questions and analysis to authors who spend years of their lives projecting their thoughts onto paper. I`m sure Jack in the Beanstalk has a moral message – it`s just not that clear! Perhaps in some ways, although its popular – it is badly written. Or perhaps, over time…it`s changed, perhaps we can`t simply make sense of it without learning its history. But there IS MORE inside that little tale than once might first assume :-)

  15. Can you give me an example of what you mean? Hows does Jack in the bean stalk relate to "times when things get hard and u need to stand up for that," I`m confused?! From who`s perspective are you viewing this tale? jacks? his moms? and if so, what is Jack "standing up for"? What is Jack`s moral compass? What good qualities does Jack have?

  16. Good idea, point of view from each one of the major characters. Very smart of you!

  17. Amanda, the more I think about it – I think your`re right, you have keyed in on the most generous aspect of the tale. It fits very well as an exercise in perspective! Thanks for the idea! Cheers :-)

  18. The ogre/giant's wife protects Jack. She is a wife, but has no children of her own, so she is not a mother. She has motherly instincts because she shields Jack from her husband. Her husband, the ogre, devours children. He has riches, but has no offspring nor does he seem interested in the creating a new generation. It is not right for Jack to steal from the giant, but neither is it right for the giant to deny his wife the children she should bear to him. Those who cherish things (though not necessarily giants), will lose their inheritance to 1) taxes, 2) to others because their objects will pass from them to someone else.

  19. Fairy tales tell us something about society, what it values or what it should value.

  20. Karen, where in the story does it suggest that the giant, "does not seem interested in the creating a new generation," and how do you draw from your idea that …"neither is it right for the giant to deny his wife the children she should bear to him." Why do you say this? I do not see how your theory holds up? I could be wrong…could you provide proof from the the story?

  21. This is the best story to all kids who want to be a magician."5 MAGIC BEANS!" ^_^
    Magicians buy expensive magic props.

  22. This is the best story to all kids who want to be a magician."5 MAGIC BEANS!" ^_^
    Magicians buy expensive magic props.

  23. Matt Canadianintokyo This is the best story to all kids who want to be a magician."5 MAGIC BEANS!" ^_^
    Magicians buy expensive magic props.

  24. Thanks:)

  25. I think this is neither entertaining,educative or morale boosting! So what is the purpose of this story? Does it condone stealing and killing? Why don’t we have something more realistic and educative inculcating good values to grow up to be someone who can be looked upon rather than looked down.

  26. I agree with Matt Canadianintokyo totally.My thoughts exactly and I am a parent so Matt, you are not alone even if you are not a parent.

  27. Wow, at last I found a site where I can read "Jack in the Beanstalk"! I tried to buy a book in the bookstore, but they said they were out of stock. So my mom just told me to search in the internet about it, I need this for our book report.

  28. lol, hack and the beanstalk. used to b my favourite. lots of love from kenya

  29. It's a good story. This version appears to be middle of the road. There are some older stories that make Jack out to be the bad guy who stole from the Giant, and other versions where the giant is just evil and Jack ends up rescuing the harp and goose from a very bad place. I had a lot of fun making this story with other balloon artists. If you are keen on the story, check out the balloon interpretation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubB4hv1Nq94

  30. Mashira Stevens on April 19th, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Jack was a horrible thief, I told my children his mother shouldve made him return those stolen items!

  31. Cool this is going to be my homework

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