Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack lived with his mum who was very poor. One day his mum said, “Jack, we have nothing to eat and no money to buy food. You must take our cow to the market and sell her for a good price.” Jack agreed and set off with the cow. On the way, he met a strange man who offered him five magic beans in exchange for the cow. Jack thought this was a great deal and handed over the cow. He ran back home and showed his mum the beans. She was furious and threw them out of the window. “You foolish boy!” she scolded. “You have traded our only cow for a handful of worthless beans!” She sent Jack to bed without supper.

The next morning, Jack woke up and saw a huge beanstalk growing outside his window. It reached up to the sky and disappeared among the clouds. Jack was curious and decided to climb the beanstalk. He climbed and climbed until he reached the top. There he saw a vast land full of castles, forests, and mountains. He also heard a loud roar that shook the ground. He followed the sound and came to a huge castle. He knocked on the door and a woman opened it. She was very tall and had a kind face. “Who are you and what do you want?” she asked. Jack told her his name and that he had climbed the beanstalk. She looked surprised and said, “You are very brave, but also very foolish. This is the castle of the giant who rules this land. He is very cruel and eats humans for breakfast. He will be back soon and he will smell you. You must hide quickly.” She took Jack inside and hid him in a cupboard. She gave him some bread and cheese and told him to be quiet.

Soon, the giant returned. He was enormous and had a fierce face. He carried a sack full of gold and jewels. He threw the sack on the floor and said, “Wife, bring me my dinner. I am hungry.” His wife brought him a large platter of roasted meat and vegetables. He ate greedily and said, “Wife, bring me my hen. I want to see her lay some golden eggs.” His wife brought him a hen that looked like any other hen. But when he stroked her feathers, she laid an egg made of pure gold. He laughed and said, “This hen is worth more than all the gold in the world. She makes me rich every day.” He put the hen on the table and said, “Wife, bring me my harp. I want to hear some music.” His wife brought him a harp that looked like any other harp. But when he plucked the strings, the harp sang a beautiful song. He smiled and said, “This harp is worth more than all the music in the world. She makes me happy every day.” He put the harp on the table and said, “Wife, I am tired. I want to sleep.” He lay down on the bed and soon fell asleep. He snored so loudly that the whole castle shook.

Jack saw his chance and crept out of the cupboard. He grabbed the hen and the harp and ran towards the door. But the hen clucked and the harp cried out, “Master, master, wake up! Someone is stealing us!” The giant woke up and saw Jack running away with his treasures. He roared and jumped out of bed. He chased after Jack and shouted, “Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!” Jack was terrified and ran as fast as he could. He reached the beanstalk and slid down. He reached the ground and called out to his mum, “Mum, mum, help me! Cut down the beanstalk!” His mum came out with an axe and chopped down the beanstalk. The giant fell down with a loud thud and died. Jack and his mum were safe and happy. They lived in comfort with the hen and the harp. And Jack never climbed the beanstalk again. many years later a new jack heard from his forefather he said to Magog the head giant Magog said