Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

(Source of picture: Beanstalk Story Book)

On this page you can find out more about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Fractured Fairy Tale

(Source of video: youtube)

Resources in the Library

The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

You can read Joseph Jacob's version of Jack and the Beanstalk on the SurLaLune website.

History of Jack and the Beanstalk

The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about Jack and the Beanstalk, including details of the history of the story.

 

Movie Trailer - Jack and the Beanstalk

(Source of video: youtube)

Jack and the Beanstalk and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Joseph Jacobs' version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

You can also find other versions of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale.

Elements of the Story

 

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

When reading through this section, keep in mind the Joseph Jacobs story as included here in the SurLaLune website -

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

In the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, these include: 

GOOD CHARACTERS

In the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, the good character is Jack.  Jack is not always good, he climbs the beanstalk and steals from the Giant but he is the character we like, so he takes the role of the 'good' character  

(Source of picture: Kids Pages)

THE BADDY

The bad character in this story is the ogre (giant).

(Source of picture: How Stuff Works )

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?

MAGIC

There are lots of magical elements in this story, can you think what they are?


(Source of picture:Time Out Singapore )

OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of the obstacle or task in this story?

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

By gaining the ogre's golden harp and hen that lays golden eggs, Jack and his mother are able to live happily ever after...

(Source of picture: PBJC Library)

MORAL

What do you think is the moral message of the Jack and the Beanstalk story? 

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