Characters: Narrator, Jack, Mother, Old man, Giant
Scene 1 (at home)
Narrator : Once upon a time there was a boy called Jack. He lived in a small cottage with his mother. Jack and his mother were very poor. All they had was a cow.
Mother : Jack, we don’t have any money. So, I think we have to sell the cow.
Jack : Okay, Mom. I will take the cow to the market.
Mother : Be careful, Jack.
Narrator : On the way to the market, Jack met a little old man.
Old man : Good morning, young boy. Where are you taking that cow?
Jack : I’m taking it to the market, sir. My mother and I are poor, so we need some money.
Old man : I would like to buy the cow from you.
Jack : Really?
Old man : I don’t have money. Instead, I’ll give you five magic bean
Jack : Magic beans? Mmm.
Old man : They will make you rich.
Narrator : Jack had to thinkabout it. He wanted to make his mother happy.
Jack : Okay! You can take the cow!
Narrator : Jack ran all the way home. He was so excited to tell his mother about the old man and the magic beans.
Jack : (running home) Mom, Mom, Mom! Look what I have got!
Mother : Did you get a good price for the cow?
Jack : No, Mom. But I got these magic beans instead!
Mother : (angry) What? Oh, you foolish boy!
Jack : Mom, they will make us rich! Trust me.
Mother : No way! These beans are useless!
Narrator : Jack’s mother was very cross and threw the beans out of the window.
Scene 2 (on the ground & in the castle)
Narrator : During the night, the magic beans grew into a huge beanstalk. By morning, the beanstalk reached high into the sky. Jack was so surprised.
Jack : Wow! This beanstalk is huge!
Narrator : Jack climbed and climbed and when he reached the top, he found a
Jack : Oh my! There is a castle in the sky! I can’t believe this.
Narrator : Jack crept inside.
Jack : (whispering to himself) Everything is so big in here. Who lives in this big castle?
Narrator : Suddenly, the floor began to shake.
Jack : (scared) What is that noise?
Giant : (shouting) Fee, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman ... Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.
Jack : (whispering) Oh no! It’s a giant! What can I do? Is there any place to hide? Oh, there is a place.
Narrator : Jack hid in a cupboard and watched as the giant ate five sheep for his meal. Then he called for his hen.
Giant : Lay me a golden egg.
Narrator : Jack watched in amazement as the hen laid a perfect golden egg.
Jack : It’s amazing! I wish I had that hen. Then Mom and I would berich.
Scene 3 (in the castle & at home)
Narrator : As soon as the giant was full, he fell fast asleep.
Jack : Now he is asleep. I will take the hen and climb back down the beanstalk.
Narrator : Jack quickly picked up the giant’s hen. But the hen began to squawk and flap its wings.
Jack : Shh! Be quiet! The giant might wake up!
Narrator : The giant woke up!
Giant : (shouting) Fee, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of a human!
Jack : (running) Oh no! Time to go!
Narrator : Jack ran back to the beanstalk and climbed down as fast as he could!
Giant : (yelling) I’ll get you!
Narrator : Jack reached the bottom of the beanstalk.
Mother : Jack, where have you been? Why do you have a hen?
Jack : Mom, hurry! Give me an axe!
Mother : Here you are. What are you going to do with an axe?
Jack : I have to chop this beanstalk down right now!
Narrator : With his axe, Jack chopped down the beanstalk.
Giant : Ahhhhh!
Narrator : The giant fell to the ground with a thud. That was the end of him!
Mother : Oh my! It’s a giant! Jack, what is going on?
Jack : The magic beans grew into this huge beanstalk. So, I climbed to the top and found the giant’s castle. I watched this hen lay a perfect golden egg.
Mother : Are you telling me the truth, Jack?
Jack : (smiling) Yes, Mom. You’ll see.
Narrator : Jack was right. The hen laid a golden egg every day and Jack and his mother were never poor again.
Steven Kellogg (born October 26, 1941 in Norwalk, Connecticut) is an American author and illustrator who has created more than 90 children's books. On November 12, 2011, Kellogg was given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Findlay in Ohio.