The Jack Tales

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 216 pages
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Presents retellings of eighteen folk tales from the mountain country of North Carolina, featuring Jack, an Americanized version of the fairy tale hero.
 

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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  - 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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Contents

Jack in the Giants Newground
1
Jack and the Bull
19
Jack and the Bean Tree
29
Jack and the Robbers
38
Jack and the North West Wind
46
Jack and the Varmints
58
Sop Doll
76
Jack and the Kings Girl
83
Jack and the Doctors Girl
114
Cat n Mouse
127
Jack and King Marock
135
Jacks Hunting Trips
151
The Heifer Hide
161
Soldier Jack
172
Appendix
183
Parallels
193

Fill Bowl Fill
89
Hardy Hardhead
96
Old Fire Dragaman
106
Glossary
215
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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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