Jack and the beanstalk | LearnEnglish Kids | British CouncilAccording to researchers at the universities in Durham and Lisbon , the story originated more than five millennia ago, based on a wide-spread archaic story form which is now classified by folklorists as ATU The Boy Who Stole Ogre's Treasure. Jack is a young, poor boy living with his widowed mother and a dairy cow on a farm cottage. The cow's milk was their only source of income. When the cow stops giving milk , Jack's mother tells him to take her to the market to be sold. On the way, Jack meets a bean dealer who offers magic beans in exchange for the cow, and Jack makes the trade.
Jack and the beanstalk
Once upon a time there lived a poor widow and her son Jack. Jack went to the market and on the way he met a man who wanted to buy his cow. He took away your cow and gave you some beans! Jack was very sad and went to sleep without dinner. The next day, when Jack woke up in the morning and looked out of the window, he saw that a huge beanstalk had grown from his magic beans! He climbed up the beanstalk and reached a kingdom in the sky.
Pictures by Sophie Green. There was once upon a time a poor widow who had an only son named Jack, and a cow named Milky-White. All they had to live on was the milk the cow gave every morning, which they carried to the market and sold - until one morning Milky-White gave no milk. So he took the cow, and off he started. What do you say to these beans? Take that! As for your precious beans, here they go out of the window.
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Once upon a time, there lived a widow woman and her son, Jack, on their small farm in the country. Every day, Jack would help his mother with the chores - chopping the wood, weeding the garden and milking the cow.
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