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Jack and the Beanstalk: A Book of Nursery Stories [Hardcover]

Kathleen Lines , Harold Jones
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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3 Oct 2013 Nursery Stories
Jack and the Beanstalk is just one of the ten favourite nursery stories that make up this companion to Harold Jones's book of nursery rhymes, Lavender's Blue. All the best and most-loved stories, such as The Three Bears, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Tom Thumb, are included in this collection - familiar stories which can be told again and again without losing their freshness. Harold Jones's colourful pictures on every page ensure that this book is one a small child will delight in and treasure.

A special facsimile of this much-loved nursery story collection.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019273587X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192735874
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 19.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers and listeners from as young as two years old can enjoy not only the well-loved stories... but also the illustrations... an ideal way to start off a child's very own library. (Newbury Weekly News)

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4.0 out of 5 stars One to keep for future generations 28 Nov 2013
By Stracs TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Whilst we have all heard the nursery rhymes over and over again, this is a lovely collection, well presented with beautiful illustrations.

The beauty of this is that the stories and images are timeless. We will be keeping this to pass on to our sons children in future years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely addition to a child's bookshelf 30 Oct 2013
By Hamstead VINE VOICE
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I've given this set of traditional folk and fairly tales 5 stars because it's a beautifully presented volume that's one for the longterm keeper shelf. It is old-fashioned, but that is part of its charm. Our three year old little visitor loves to be read to from the stories. She's still a little young for some of them and extra explaining has to be done by the reader and occasional simplifying of the language but this is great comfort reading for the adult, and for the child! Definitely one for the nursery shelf and I can see this being used for several more years to come. Worth buying as a basic staple. Our favourite tale is Goldilocks and the Three Bears since little visitor is very into her porridge!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic at its best! 23 Oct 2013
By K. D. Squire VINE VOICE
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Classics don't die, it's refreshing to find that Classic children's stories don't either! I love reading this book, it not only reminds me of my childhood but enables my younger siblings to be taken away from the peppa pig style world children's tv has drawn them into!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 13 Oct 2013
By Cath B VINE VOICE
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This is a lovely book, beautifully illustrated. Sent to my niece for her 5th birthday, I understand that it's been enthusiastically received. Time honours classics, well presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack and the Beanstalk 4 Oct 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This collection is by the same editor/illustrator as the accompanying volume of nursery rhymes, "Lavender Blue" and has the same traditional feel to it. It contains ten stories: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Story of the Three Bears, Cinderella, The Golden Goose, Little Red Riding Hood, The Sleeping Beauty, Tom Tit Tot, Puss in Boots, Tom Thumb and The Story of the Three Little Pigs. There are obviously many different volumes of fairy tales (or, as they are called here, Nursery Stories) on the market and they are all aimed at different age groups. For the youngest child, there is the vibrant and wonderful "Yummy" by Lucy Cousins and, for older children, there are the orginal, dark, stories by the Brothers Grimm. I would say this is pitched approximately at the 4+ age group. Each story has a fair amount of text, but the retellings are very true to the traditional stories I remember as a child. The giant in "Jack and the Beanstalk" growls, "Fee-fi-fo-fum! I small the blood of an Englishman!" and the first two little pigs do get eaten by the Big Bad Wolf. The text is certainly softened by the detailed and delicate illustrations, which have a dream like quality, perfect for bedtime. I think it is a delightful volume and a beautiful addition to any child's bookshelf.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Helpless TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A very traditional story book.

It is nicely illustrated but in a more traditional style, rather than the usual contemporary illustrations we have got used to or come to expect.
It is less about the pictures and more about the written words, it's well put together and should last a long time, maybe to the point of being handed down the generations.
The stories are of course the usual suspects, though one or two of them are less mainstream than I am used to.

One positive is the fact that the stories haven't been dumbed down in to PC language, Jack and The Beanstalk for instance still 'grinds the bones to make the bread' which I find refreshing in this day and age.

The only concern I have is the style of language, especially reading it to a younger child. I found myself ad-libbing and changing the words so that my 4 year old could understand them a little better.

I know that I shouldn't do this, but language has evolved and evolves every single day, sometimes I even complain about 'how it's all gone downhill'. However the language shows its age, go back 40 years and this is what we would have found on the book shelves. At times I had trouble getting into a flow with it, it's not the way I speak anymore. Maybe this makes it more educational.

Notwithstanding this, the book still deserves 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic reprint of classic fairy stories 23 Jan 2014
By Joanne K. Pilsworth VINE VOICE
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Anyone aged 45 years or more may well have had the matching book of nursery rhymes, printed in the same style. This was what prompted me to order this as a gift for my two young nephews. Some may say that stories like Jack and the Beanstalk are not relevant to a child of today, and I must admit that I did find myself modifying the story slightly into something my nephew would understand. However, if you want classic stories, then this is a perfect book. I hope that I can find a reprint of the Nursery Rhymes soon, just so that I have the 'set'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Glory of Old! 11 Nov 2013
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a keeper. Whilst these days, kids are lost in a hole of a million competing attractions - not just everything of now such as Ben Ten, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and a million others, but also every past attraction ever, Jack And The Beanstalk may seem an antiquity, a throwback to our past, like the classic Bond films of the 60's, dated, but current - however, this book - Jack And The Beanstalk and ten others, is a classic version of the tale, using charmingly personable illustrations to accompany the unaltered text. Whilst my son does not read much, he does narrate the story, finding joy in repetition, before he drifts off to a glorious sleep. Job done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic nursery stories told in the traditional way
The main reason I got this book was because it had all the stories I loves as a child. Red riding hood, Jack and the beanstalk, the three little pigs and the three bears. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
This is a very nice book, with beautiful illustrations. Most of the fairy tales are a good length for bed-time stories (not too long, not too short, just right for a fifteen minute... Read more
Published 8 months ago by antom
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Masters
The only critisism if I have one is these are the original transcripts so some of the language has fallen behind the 21st Century - great reading to the children but you find... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ed Meister
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, possibly a bit too scary.
Recently, I had the opportunity to read a few modern versions of some popular children's stories; something about them was a little unfamiliar, I thought. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stucumber
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional tales, traditionally illustrated
The stories are the standard versions of the nursery stories and contain all the relevant details. The illustrations are really great and are done in a 'traditional' style (meaning... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. R. Atkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars RING IN THE OLD
Should this book be classified as old-fashioned or as traditional, I wonder? In my own children's day the stories we got for our infants in the rather 'enlightened' and politically... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DAVID BRYSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
Absolutely gorgeous book and full of all the old nursery rhymes that I learned as child. Can't wait to share them with my little one and hope that she enjoys them as much as I do.
Published 9 months ago by AngelGoneMad
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