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Climbing Up The Beanstalk

Climbing Up The Beanstalk

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We all need heroes. What better hero than Jack! He comes from a long tradition. Jack and the Beanstalk or Jack the Giant Killer is one of my favorite stories.

This is my version of the tale, (my mountain, Black, Indian, and even female version, even though Jack seems to be a boy). Like other Jack Tales, this story features a young inexperienced, boy who becomes a hero. He is the victor over a ruthless opponent. Jack is a role model for the new generation. I hope there will be many more to follow. What are giants that we face today? How do we find a way to undo their harm? We must... My version calls on the deep music of my soul to set things right.

The heroes in American pop culture do not usually have a black, or a mixed race face. I have made such a hero. He speaks for my family and looks like one of us. A hero should be able to have any color and any shape face. I have made a version of the story so that I can see the face of my own people in the face of the hero and in the story. You will hear their voices and sounds. I have a special place in my heart for the young black man. They face too many hard knocks too soon in life. This hero is for them. -Ilene Evans