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Jack & the Beanstalk


There are many kings, queens, princes and princesses in fairy tales, but who is the most famous common man or boy?  It is Jack, as in
Jack & the Beanstalk or Jack the Giant Killer.  Joseph Jacobs wrote the first English version of this oral tale as one of the stories in his book, English Fairy Tales (1890).  The “Jack tales” go back hundreds of years in Europe.  This everyman is called Hans in German, Juan in Spanish and Jean or Jacques in France, all variations on the name or nickname for John.  Juan migrated as Juan Bobo to Hispanic lands, in particular Puerto Rico.  JeanPetit is a popular trickster in Cajun stories.  The English Jack and German Hans spread to Appalachia, where Jack becomes an “all-American farm boy".    

 

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