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Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child A Worldwide Jack and the Beanstalk Story

Written by Paul Fleischman

Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Part of the Worldwide Stories Series

Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child A Worldwide Jack and the Beanstalk Story Synopsis

The story of a child confronting a man-eating giant or witch is told the world over. These heroes go by many names and might be normal in size or no bigger than a thumb. Though they're often scorned for being the youngest and smallest, they're well-armed with cleverness and courage. In this companion to Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal, Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis combine elements of this story from different traditions - Jack and the Beanstalk, Tom Thumb, Kihuo, Vasilisa - to create one narrative, one complete picture of a small boy's triumph.

Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child A Worldwide Jack and the Beanstalk Story Press Reviews

This collaboration offers a kaleidoscopic presentation of the traditional boy and giant story by collaging text fragments from different cultures' tellings. . . These shifting elements alchemically coalesce into a sturdy plot in which the littlest and least-regarded triumphs. -- Publishers Weekly The story is brimming with tension and adventure . . . an excellent addition to storytelling and fairy-tale collections. --School Library Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9781250151773
Publication date: 23rd April 2019
Author: Paul Fleischman
Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages

About Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is also the author of young adult novels including Whirligig and The Mind's Eye, and middle-grade novels including Bull Run and Seedfolks. He lives with his wife in northern California. JULIE PASCHKIS won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Yellow Elephant. She is also the illustrator for the Worldwide Stories for children and lives in Seattle.

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