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  - antiquary - LibraryThing

This is a collection of tellings of the "Jack" tales - "Jack and the Bean Stalk" is well known, but there were many more. These versions were collected in North Carolina, where my mother was born. Read full review

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User Review  - Muscogulus - LibraryThing

This is a 1943 collection of Appalachian folk tales about Jack, the hero of the beanstalk story. Jack also kills a whole family of giants, tames wild critters, thwarts witches and devils, ties Death ... 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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