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Jack and the Beanstalk

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Jack and the Beanstalk Part II
Floating above him, he sees a lovely fairy.
Floating above him, he sees a lovely fairy.
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Below is the second part of "Jack and the Beanstalk."

Jack's heart sinks. Because of him, they now have nothing, not even a single pea for supper. Too sad to eat anyway, Jack goes straight to bed.

The next morning, something blocks the light from entering Jack's window. Puzzled, he goes outside. Towering over the house is a giant beanstalk! Jack follows it with his eyes all the way up to the clouds. "It must have grown from the beans," he says. "I knew they were special."

Jack grabs his lucky horn and at once begins to climb the sturdy stalk. He goes higher and higher and higher. At the very top, he steps onto the clouds.

Floating above him, he sees a lovely fairy. She has a warm, beautiful face and holds a golden wand with a crescent moon on the end of it.

"Hello, Jack," she says. "Welcome to the Kingdom of the Clouds. You were very brave to climb the beanstalk. I am proud of your courage. And you will need courage, Jack."

"Thank you," Jack says politely. He wonders how she knows his name.

"I know who you are and how you got here," she says. "And what you must do."

"I do not understand," says Jack.

The fairy tells Jack that a mean giant rules the kingdom.

A long time ago when Jack was a baby, this giant killed his father and stole his treasures. "To punish the giant, you must go to his castle and reclaim these treasures. This will not be easy and that is why you must be brave."

"Just how big is this giant?" Jack asks. "And how in the world can I possibly punish a giant?" Jack wonders if he is dreaming.

"This is not a dream," she smiles.

With a wave of her wand, the fairy disguises Jack as a beggar. She explains to him where to find the castle. Humbly, Jack thanks her. Then, with an old sack on his back, he walks off through the clouds to face the giant.

Tired and hungry, Jack comes upon the huge castle after several hours.

He takes a deep breath and bravely blows his horn.

A woman, as tall as a tree, answers the door.

"Hello," says Jack. "I am a hungry beggar. Could you give me something

to eat?"

"Oh, no," says the woman. "You do not know what you are asking.

I cannot let you inside."

But Jack does not give up. "Oh, please," says Jack. "I am very

hungry. And I can see by your face that you are kind and generous."

Believing herself to possess only the best qualities, she says, "Of course I am kind, and I happen to be very generous. I guess you

can come in, but if my husband sees you, he will eat you. Consider yourself warned."

To find out what happened next with the giant, go to the next page.

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