Folklore Presentation

Ron Volkovinsky


The basic plot of all the variations are as follows.

  • The hero, usually Jack, acquires magic 'beans' from trading a family possession
  • These 'beans' are planted or used, and they then grow into a 'tree'
  • Jack steals 3 items from the main antagonist, found at the top of the 'tree'.
  • Jack cuts down or removes the 'tree' and lives happily ever after.


  • Don't judge a book by its cover
  • Greediness can lead to unexpected consequences
  • Listen to your parents
  • Compromise and working together is often the best solution


This story first appeared in a collection of children stories after being passed down orally for generations. It could be considered as a standard story that teaches about responsibility, greed, and listening to your parents. The story changed with the requirements of the time period, however the basic plot remained the same.