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Jack and the beanstalk
Metaxas, Eric.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Rabbit Ears Books, [1991]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (27 min.) : analog + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm.).
A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk where he uses his quick wits to outsmart an ogre and make his and his mother's fortune.
General Note:
Same recording on both sides of cassette.

Book illustrated by Edward Sorel.
Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Jack & the Beanstalk is one of those rare tales that is unique to just one culture, for it has no correlative in the folklore of any other land. Long a favorite, children have always loved the drama, wit, & sheer inventiveness of the story.

Author Notes

Eric Metaxas was born in New York City in 1963, and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record, America's oldest college humor magazine.

He has written several biographies, including Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and the New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet. His latest book is entitled, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.

He has also written over 30 children's books, including It's Time to Sleep, My Love and Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

In this retelling from the We All Have Tales series, British actor Michael Palin narrates the classic English tale in a comic mode. His chameleonlike voice becomes, in turn, Jack, Jack's mother, the ogre's wife, and the ravenous ogre himself. Although Palin's English accent may be somewhat difficult for children to understand, his inventive, multitoned voice and clear enunciation carry the story forward. The music by the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart paints wonderful pictures with a New Age flavor, while illustrator Edward Sorel fills the book with colorful pen-and-ink drawings done in a caricaturist's style. A satisfying, well-produced version. Ages 4-8. ~--Lolly Gepson