Love is stronger than might, stronger than fear. Keep your heart as strong as your sword, and right will triumph. Following this instruction, Jack the lad becomes Jack the strong of heart, embracing his father's silver sword as he sets forth. In Pleasant DeSpain's able hands, and with the help of a maiden named Elinor, an ancient tortoise, and a cat named Octavia, Jack and the Beanstalk becomes a tale of action, fun, and justice. Joe Shlichta's vibrant oil paintings, reminiscent of its medieval origins, convey the challenge, fear, and triumph of this timeless tale.
Strongheart Jack and the Beanstalk
By Edward Feazell on Sep 13, 2000
I'm a fan of fairy tales and after using DeSpain's telling of "Jack and the Beanstalk," in the classroom for a few years, feel that it is one of the best. Boys especially like it and due to the strong female role in "Elinor," so do the girls. An appealing aspect of this version is that DeSpain begins at the true beginning of the story, with the death of Jack's father by the evil and cruel giant. Unlike Disney Productions, DeSpain's telling contains the soul of this important fairy tale. Also, I like the beautiful oil paintings (illustrations) and DeSpain's nearly lyric language.
By M. Brewster on Aug 20, 2004
We all know the story, and Pleasant DeSpain's version is the classic. Why you should buy this book is for Joe Shlichta's oil paintings. In his previous collaborations with DeSpain, Shlichta worked in traditional illustration media like pen & ink and woodcut. This book is the crowning achievement of Shlichta's illustration career.