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Waynetta and the Cornstalk : A Texas Fairy Tale

Waynetta and the Cornstalk : A Texas Fairy Tale
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Price: $16.95
Product ID : aw-9780807586877



Helen Ketteman

Diane Greenseid

Times sure are tough on the ranch, and Waynetta and her ma can use all the luck they can get. But when Waynetta trades their last longhorn for a handful of so-called magic corn, Ma is none too pleased. "The only magic this corn's got is the disappearin' kind," she says, and tosses it out the window. But come the next morning, there's a giant cornstalk growing up to the sky, and Waynetta climbs it to find her own luck

Helen Ketteman's Texas-style retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" is full of cowgirl sass. Diane Greenseid's paintings bring rollicking new life to a familiar tale. The author lives in Florida; the illustrator lives in California.

ISBN: 978-0-8075-8687-7
Published 2007

Age Levels 5-8, Grades K-3, 32 Pages, 10.75" x 8.5", Illustrations: Full Color

"This Wild West version of Jack and the Beanstalk is sure to have readers breaking out their tengallon hats and asking for some southwestern fare. Waynetta and her Ma own a hardscrabble ranch in Texas, but one long dry summer threatens to put them under. That is, until the last of the longhorns is traded for a handful of magic corn guaranteed to bring luck. At the top of the cornstalk, Waynetta finds just that luck in three things a mean giant stole from her family years ago: a longhorn that produces gold cowpats, a lariat that never misses and a bucket that never empties. It takes two trips and a brave faceoff against the giant, but the feisty heroine manages to capture all three. In the process, she reforms the giant, making for a less violent ending. Greenseid's illustrations perfectly suit this Texas fairy tale. Her palette is filled with greens, yellows, reds and browns, while her characters sport stereotypical western attire. There'll be a showdown at any library not stocking this title." Kirkus Reviews

"Watercolor images in varying shades of brown with dramatic splashes of purples, reds, greens, and blues depict Waynetta's rickety old house surrounded by broken fences and desert landscape. A gun-toting, ax-wielding mother and other exaggerative characters accompany the rich Texan parlance that peppers this amusing read-aloud." School Library Journal

"In this funny, feminist, fractured version of Jack and the Beanstalk, the hero is a girl, and her helper is a giant's wife....the action-packed, neon-colored illustrations match the uproarious, tall-tale fun. Kids will enjoy the Wild West setting and the story of the bad grown-up who is outwitted by the small hero." Booklist

Accelerated Reader ATOS Level/Points 3.3/0.5