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. A fine play on words! Beans! I also think it is beautiful illustration. The cow is great, and so is the wizard’s fashion sense.
      Thanks,
      Elephant

          1. I hope they listen! Maybe we should make a 10 most wanted poster of these dangerous fairy tale characters so that kids can avoid the magic bean con.

    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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