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The World That Jack Built Hardcover – 8 Mar 1990

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press (8 Mar. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862642698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862642693
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 19.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,325,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Can of Worms on 27 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
With typically brilliant Ruth Brown illustrations this is a picture book to make you think about pollution, global warming, the damage our ancestors bequeathed to us - without, perhaps knowing it. Ruth uses the traditional "House That Jack Built" rhyme to get the message across
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There are MUCH better books to explain environmentalism to kids! 10 Dec. 2014
By A.J. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ugh. My son took this book out of the library, and in flipping through casually to make sure the content was okay for him it seemed just fine. I need to learn to flip to the end of the story first, since that is often where problems in children's books arise! The book is good until the end, where the lovely world depicted suddenly, and COMPLETELY without warning, becomes a polluted dump. The worst part is that it ends right there, with no talk of hope, or what exactly it was that "Jack" did wrong in building this world, or any kind of solid message for a child to take away from it. I read it with my son once and immediately dropped it back at the library.

Please note that I am an environmentalist who firmly believes in imparting these messages to my children. But this book does not do that. It is abrupt, shocking, clumsy and utterly depressing. It isn't written in a way that any young child can really understand what the heck just happened, so the burden falls very heavily to the parent to explain. Which I certainly don't mind doing, but this book left a LOT to be explained!

I can, of course, see how it can be used as a teaching tool in schools, when the kids are already discussing the topic of pollution...but as a random pick from the library I found it sorely lacking!
The world that jack built 11 April 2009
By spelsue - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I use this book during earth week in my PreK class and the children love it. It is used for it's ability to open up discussion on the decisions we make and the impact in has on our planet. It has the same message as the Lorax which I and my students love without the cartoon drawings so it hits them differently, because they can now relate to it. I get feedback in regards to this lesson from the parents - positive. That their children are speaking about conserving water, fuel or electricity. Talking about recycling or cleaning up their neighborhood or local park to do their part. I did not find that this book scared the 4/5 year olds in my class it empowered them.
A thought-provoking book even for younger children 5 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a well-illustrated book. I have read it several times to the children in my day care home and it has made quite an impact on them. The book has been requested several times and has made them think about caring for the world around them. It has been the topic of discussion between the children and their parents. The story so impressed them that they carried its message home, to work together to keep their world a beautiful place. We loved the story and I am looking for 2 more copies, one to give and one to keep. Congratulations Ms. Brown!
The illustrations! 22 April 2013
By bluecooncat - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have another book by this same author. Her illustrations are just wonderful. She has a true love of cats. Good for grownups and kids alike.
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Quite the Pessimistic Children's Story 23 Mar. 2005
By cagy1 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Reading to children is a wonderful thing, but all stories for children, at least at the age this story is directed at, need to have a positive or in the very least hopeful eneding. This story does not. It ends on a sad, depressing endnote meant to shock rather than to teach. What kind of feeling is a child going to get from reading this kind of book?
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