Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kate and the Beanstalk

Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne: Book Cover

by Mary Pope Osborne, Giselle Potter (Illustrator)


Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum'un,

I smell the blood of an Englishwoman.

Be she alive or be she dead,

I'll grind her bones to make my bread.

Mary Pope Osborne's funny, magical retelling of the favorite tale and Giselle Potter's enchanting illustrations feature a new and inspiring heroine named Kate for today's audience. Readers will cheer on this resourceful, gutsy girl as she outsmarts the famously greedy giant.


In this version of the classic tale, a girl climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where she uses her quick wits to outsmart a giant and make her and her mother's fortune.

Publishers Weekly

Kate (instead of Jack) trades her family's cow for magic beans and climbs the beanstalk to find a kingdom in the clouds. PW's starred review said it "puts a fresh face on an old favorite." All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children's book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.

More About the Author

Kate mentioned in:
Using Picture Books to Teach Language Arts Standards in Grades 3-5
By Brenda S. Copeland, Patricia A. Messner, pgs. 41, 150, 156

Published 2000,
Wake County Public Library
J398.2 OSBOR

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