It all starts when the storyteller tells Jill that it's high time she met Jack. The question is: Which Jack? "They're all called Jack around here," Mother Greenwood tells her. There's Great- grandfather Jack, Uncle Jack, Daft Jack, Jack the Giant Killer, and more, including, of course, Mother Greenwood's lazy, good-for-nothing, waste-of-a-wishbone son, Jack.
The Jack stories are brimming with giants, magicians, dragons, brave deeds, clever tricks, princesses, and funny surprises, and Jill thinks each one is better than the last. But what does Mother Greenwood mean when she says that the storyteller puts everyone he meets into a story? What's with those beans Mother Greenwood tossed out her window? And what will happen when Jill meets her Jack?
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Berlie Doherty is the author of numerous books for children and young adults. She has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal twice -- for Granny Was a Buffer Girl and for Dear Nobody -- and in 1994 Willa and Old Miss Annie was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. Ms. Doherty began writing tales even before she went to school and at age eight was earning boxes of chocolates and boxes of paints from the local newspapers for her stories and poems. She lives in England.
Gr 2-4-A series of tales about famous Jacks in fairy tales is woven together by Old Mother Greenwood and a girl named Jill who is looking for Jack. She carries a sack with objects that are supposed to help her find him. Old Mother Greenwood tells Jill, "they're all called Jack," and tries to help her sort out which Jack she is seeking: her son Jack, Uncle Jack, or Grandfather Jack. One by one the items in the sack lead to stories including "The King of the Herrings," "Daft Jack," "The Magic Castle and the Apples of Immortality," "Jack and the Golden Snuffbox," and "Jack and the Giant Killer." These folktales are aptly retold, fast paced, and just right for reading aloud or independently. The story of Jill and her quest serves as a clever thread weaving each of the stories together in a way that is accessible to a wide range of young readers.
Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
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