The Art Of The Deal!

Illustration:   I’LL GIVE ALL THESE BEANS FOR YOUR COW.  Once Upon a Time.  From the story "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK."  Edited by Katharine Lee Bates.  Illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.  Rand McNally & Company: Chicago & New York. 1921.

I’LL GIVE ALL THESE BEANS FOR YOUR COW.

From the story “JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.”

Once Upon a Time.

Edited by Katharine Lee Bates.

Illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.

Rand McNally & Company: Chicago & New York. 1921.

21 thoughts on “The Art Of The Deal!

      1. Yeah, now that you mention it, what does happen to the cow? It is so beautiful I wish it was mine! Where is that wizard . . . maybe he will trade me the cow for something.

    1. The wizard with wild pants and matching hat was a great salesman, and he hustled Jack into traded his beautiful cow (it is a stunning cow in this illustration) for some psychedelic beans. I agree it looks like a very bad deal. But in the end Jack got an adventure out of the deal. I think he eventually got his “beans” worth. Or maybe not?
      Elephant

    1. Yes, he missed the very obvious indicia of Fair Tale DANGER!

      (1) he met a stranger on the road (made worse because he was alone on an errand for his mother);
      (2) The stranger looked strange (yes, the tall pointy hat, the unisex pants, the yellow and black color theme! etc.)
      (3) The stranger struck up a conversation with him about magic beans no less.
      (4) He missed the cow’s cues – note the cow has the survival skills to turn his back to the stranger and ignore him.

      Jack needs to grow up – sell his cow for cash, get out of that baby outfit and pay attention!

      Elephant

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