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I just finished reading an awesome book to the kids! Jack – The True Story of Jack & The Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff is sure to be a family favorite! Its great to read aloud to your kids but if you have a kid that loves to read (3rd or 4th grade and older), I’m sure it would be a well loved story. I’m always on the look out for good, clean, uplifting books to have in our home library and this one really delivers. Before I read this to the kids, I read it on my own to preview it and I was impressed with how much I enjoyed the story. It really does give a fascinating take on the Jack & the Beanstalk story. There were so many times when I had to tell my husband about different parts of the book because I loved the imagination that was used to develop this fairy tale into a 292 page book. But don’t let the number of pages deter you (or your kids). It took a few months for me to read the whole thing to the kids because I don’t read aloud to them every day (usually only a couple times a week). But by the last few chapters, they were begging me to read every night and didn’t want me to stop with just one chapter. I also loved that even though Jack is the main character, his sister Annabella played a big part in the story, too. This was a big deal to my 7 year old daughter so she didn’t feel like it was just a “boy’s book”. It was action packed but full of heart and a good message. You’ll want to add it to your library!
So, this author was fantastic and she has a few other books all based on fairy tales. Even though I haven’t read them yet, they’re on my “to buy” list because I’m sure they will be just as great as this one!
Rump – The True Story of Rumplestiltskin (this was her first book)
(Release date: May 29, 2018)