The Jack Tales

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Richard Chase
Houghton Mifflin, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 201 pages
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A collection of folk tales from the southern Appalachians that center on a single character, the irrepressible Jack. "Humor, freshness, colorful American background, and the use of one character as a central figure in the cycle mark these eighteen folktales, told here in the dialect of the mountain country of North Carolina." -- Booklist

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User Review  - Namedoris Powell - Goodreads

I had never read THE JACK TALES even though I am a former children's librarian. When Tony Earley referred to them in his latest book of short stories, I was determined to read them. I enjoyed them ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Catelli - Goodreads

A collection of folktales from North Carolina and Virginia, all featuring a hero named Jack. Not all of them are consistent with each other, one narrator even commenting on the marriage problem, but ... Read full review


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Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has!

Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904–1988) has been called the man “most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling.” A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

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