Jack and the Red Beanstalk Review

Book cover for Jack and the Red Beanstalk

Just like any kid, Jack dreams of being a hero. In the reimagined story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack explores Hewa, the world of the giants. With Grandpa’s help, Jack uses his smarts and some very special tools passed down through the generations to defeat the giants.

NubiTales retells classic children’s stories from a modern, multi-cultural perspective. Every story in the series celebrates diversity, and exposes children to people and places from a variety of cultural backgrounds. – Goodreads

Jack and the Red Beanstalk Review

I was drawn to this book because of the part about NubiTales retelling from a modern, multi-cultural perspective. I had no idea what to expect. I ended up really liking it though.

Jack and the Red Beanstalk takes the typical story we all know, and then tells it through a Swahili lens. It’s easy to figure out the Swahili words used, as they have a solid illustrator that they have worked with, and the context is clear.

This is a simple, easy to read re-telling that does exactly what it sets out to do. It provides African American children a version of the tale that has characters they can relate to on more than just a gender level. It introduces some Swahili words and concepts. It proves exactly how easy it is to make a story diverse and multicultural. Even the modern bit works too (although it doesn’t really play into anything.)

I did love the illustrations. Ebony Glenn did a great job. I liked how the illustrations varied in size, but always played perfectly with the story.

I would definitely be willing to pick up more from the NubiTales series. I think what they’re doing is awesome.

  • Title: Jack and the Red Beanstalk
  • Series: The Heritage Collection
  • Author: Aphrodyi Antoine
  • Illustrator: Ebony Glenn
  • ASIN: B00O2K44J2
  • Pub Date: September 30th, 2014
  • Genre: Kids Fiction
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Source: Free Kindle Book

 

 

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