• Title: Jim and the Beanstalk
  • Author: Raymond Briggs
  • ISBN: 9780698206410
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jim and the Beanstalk Jim woke up early one morning to find a plant that was very like a beanstalk growing outside his window Climbing to the top of the beanstalk he found a castle and a giant but with very modern proble
    Jim woke up early one morning to find a plant that was very like a beanstalk growing outside his window Climbing to the top of the beanstalk, he found a castle and a giant, but with very modern problems that only Jim could help solve Raymond Briggs brings a new generation to an old tale with humor and imagination.

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    1. Somewhere between a level 1 and a level 2 reading book, this book is a fun spin-off of Jack and the Beanstalk. Enjoyed by all my children, this original story had all of guessing what the ending would be. The illustrations were a little unusual, flipping back and forth between colored pages and black and white, but detailed enough to make my 3 yr old twins fascinated with the story line. A nice story that we'll probably read again sometime.

    2. A parody of the original and one in which Briggs decided to have Jim (Jack) as a carer of sorts for the lonely giant in order to step away from the bad-guy role that he had been forever trapped in. Fed up with the traditional role, Briggs decided to look more kindly on our giant who is often pestered by the continual rise of this beanstalk. Instead, we see him as a pensioner of sorts in need of glasses, teeth and a full wig in order to find a sense of his previous self once more. For me, handing [...]

    3. Totally forgot about how good this book was for inference and prediction as well as being fairly enjoyable fairytale spin off type.

    4. Jim and the Beanstalk is a different rendition of the classic Jack in the Beanstalk. It is about a boy named Jim who climbs up a beanstalk and finds a castle. He only wants to stay for breakfast. The Giant is old at this time, because Jim is visiting him a long time after Jack had been there. Jim helps the Giant get new things for himself and makes friends with the Giant. The Giant sends Jim away before he craves "fried boy" again. Fractured Fairy Tale.

    5. "The Giant shared his breakfast of beef and beer with Jim."Even after the boy has remedied the Giant's loss of eyesight, teeth, and hair, the Giant gruffly warns, "You better go now before I feel like fried boy again." Followed up with a shout, "Chop that beanstalk down or I might come down and crunch you up with my new teeth."

    6. Jim finds a beanstalk and decides to climb up and see what he finds. There he finds the Giant who has a few problems he would like solved. The Giant needs glasses, teeth and a wig. Jim, unlike Jack, helps the Giant with all of his needs. As a reward, the Giant gives Jim a gold coin.

    7. Ummmm, had to weed this one out of my library. The part where the giant shares a beer with obviously underage Jim? and when Jim asks the giant if he has glasses and he replies, "only beer glasses?" Don't think so.

    8. I enjoyed this book because it’s different than the usual jack and the beanstalk. Jim becomes friends with the giant and climbs down the beanstalk in order to get him glasses, dinchers, and a wig.

    9. A brilliant alternative to Jack and the beanstalk. In this book, Briggs presents the giant as a friendlier and uninformed character who the equivalent to Jack, known as Jim, decides to help by providing him with a wig, glasses and false teeth and therefore presents the moral view that it is good to be nice and helpful to everyone.

    10. My 7 year old son and I both loved this book. The illustrations are fabulous, we especially loved the image of Jim walking down the street carrying a set of giant’s false teeth.

    11. Like the use of colour and black and white Alterntive fairy tale - we expect the giant to be the villian but he suprises us Jack - implications of stealing Being kind to others

    12. Following his predecessor to the top of the beanstalk, Jim befriends an ageing, shortsighted, toothless, bald giant. Jim undertakes the challenging task of addressing the giant’s problems, which can be fixed in a modern world with the right amount of gold. Jim ensures the giant receives new glasses, new teeth and a wonderfully curly, red wig. You would hope that Jim would be duly rewarded for his kindness, but the giant, feeling like new again, remembers his favourite ‘fried-boy sandwich’. [...]

    13. A variation of the classic tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. One morning Jim wakes up to a gigantic plant he finds growing in his garden. Just like Jack, Jim decides to climb the plant and finds himself outside an old and scruffy looking giant’s house. Jim enters knowing he is safe with a toothless giant who kindly shares his breakfast with him. As Jim chomps his way through the beef steak the giant tells him of his encounter with Jack and how old age has changed him – both physically and m [...]

    14. Jim and the Beanstalk is a great sequel to the classic fairy-tale Jack and the Beanstalk. Raymond Briggs creates beautiful illustrations and uses complimentary black/white and colour drawings to bring this book to life.The tale starts with an identical storyline to Jack and the Beanstalk. Jim awakes to find an enormous beanstalk sprouting from outside his window. He climbs up into the clouds to find the Giants castle. After a quick bite to eat and chat with the giant, Jim finds out that the gian [...]

    15. Very cute adaptation of the "Jack and the beanstalk" story. Jim has to find several things for the giant in order to get the gold and not be eaten.

    16. This is a wonderful book for introducing young children to the concept of measurement. Following on from the familiar and well known story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jim and the Beanstalk is the tale of a boy who climbs up the beanstalk a few years later and finds the giant sad because he can't see and he has no teeth left. jim measures the giants head and gets a giant pair of spectacles made for him. I had an interesting discussion with a group of children about the different meanings of the wo [...]

    17. Use this book as an introduction to measurement for third grade students. After the read aloud, express the importance of having an exact measurement in real world situations. Tell students they will be using millimeters for today's activity, ask if any students know what they are. Get students to pair up, explain that they will take turns acting as a celebrity and tailor/jeweler. The celebrity will state their wants for an accessory while the tailor/jeweler takes the measurements. Students will [...]

    18. This book is a genius modern twist on a childhood favourite. When Jim climbs his beanstalk he finds a giant, but rather than following in Jack's footsteps and stealing from the giant, Jim attempts to help with problems such as getting a large pair of glasses! the children in my reception class read this as an alternative to the classic story while studying Jack and the beanstalk as part of a 'growing' topic, and they found the interactions between Jim and the giant fascinating, instigating a dis [...]

    19. This is a great book to follow up the original story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This story is about a boy named Jim who wakes up to see the beanstalk outside his window. He climbs to the top to find our familiar giant but he his not the same as we originially remember. He has grown old and is missing a tooth. Instead of eating the boy, the boy helps out the giant by getting him things that he needs such as glasses and a wig. The illustrations are very hand drawn but they really add alot of humor [...]

    20. Good for:- measurement- prediction Lesson plan: give students measurements for a giant. Have them use this to create different things (toothbrush, coat, plate, spoon, ect) As a teacher of mathematics,I would use this book during my class wide study of measurement. Because this book is more abstract, i would not use it as part of an introductory lesson, yet rather an extension of the measurement lesson. After I read aloud the book, i could have different students create different objects off of g [...]

    21. Adorable book and perfect for finishing up our unit on Jack and the Beanstalk. Easily defined characters, setting, plot/action with cute pictures to boot! The kids weren't happy the pages are so small or that the pictures weren't "colorful enough" but that's what happens when you're trying to read to 23 kindergarteners.Enough ties to the regular beanstalk stories but the differences are funny and, again, easily recognized.

    22. This retelling of the traditional fairytale makes for a nice companion read with The Giant of Jum. It's quite long, so possibly more suited to K2 age, unless you're reading at home together, but it's a lovely tale of helpful Jim and a giant who is so old and sad and lonely that he doesn't want to eat anyone. A favourite retelling by the author of [book:The Snowman|489972.

    23. Jim climbs the beanstalk and finds a giant living in a castle at the top, much like Jack did, but he helps the giant feel good about himself again by supplying him with glasses, dentures, and a wig. For each item, Jim is sent down the beanstalk with gigantic measurements and giant gold pieces to pay for them. In the end, Jim receives a much-deserved token of appreciation from the giant.I didn't love the artwork, but the fractured fairytale was decent. PreK-2.

    24. The standard Jack and the Beanstalk story is a simple tale of Jack outwitting the Giant: in this story "Jim" instead meets the Giant and helps him out with the ravages of old age that have taken his sight, teeth, and hair from him. There's no theft or trickery, and the story is altogether sweeter than the original tale of bonecrunching and larceny.

    25. Grade Level(s): 1-3* Discusses measurement* Teaches students length, height, centimeters, and millimeters* Students can measure parts of the giant's body using centimeters or millimeters and determining what tools they would use.* Have students measure different objects in the book and discuss whether or not these objects would be the same size if they were real.

    26. This retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk has a different twist. Jim helps the giant solve some of his problems instead of taking some of his things. Great books with lots of possibilities for discussion on kindness, temptation, good choices.

    27. Jim wakes up one morning to find a plant growing up past his window. He climbs the plant and discovers an aging, toothless, bald giant. Jim helps the giant with his "issues." Fun for children of all ages.

    28. This story is packed full of educational connections! So many different lessons could be used. For example, there is measuring, money, and health to name a few! A boy wakes up to a beanstalk! Climbs up and helps the giant get all of the things he needs by measuring and taking care of him.

    29. This was a fun read for me. I love how it is derived from Jack and the Beanstalk. The vocabulary used in this book is different from other children's book by the articles described. I would love to read this to my children to further their word knowledge like wig, false teeth, and beanstalk.

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