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This is very insightful about a childhood tale that I had a pop-up book about this beanstalk. That was one of my favorite books so thank you for bringing me back to that memory.

Marilee Lasch

You brought this tale to life this Tuesday with such a marvelous story, thank you.

K Sheffield

As a linguist, I get really curious about the origins of words, even "nonsense" words. We know that "Fie!" was used by Shakespeare to mean "Bad!" and "Fee" has a current meaning of a cost, but what's with the "Fo, Fum"? I never heard of a "Fo," but "Fum" appears in a Spanish carol from about the time of Shakespeare. Or it could just be, as you say, a bunch of fun-to-say syllables. Anyway, thanks for sharing the story and information with us!

Lizbeth Congiusti

I never knew there were so many Jack Tales and when you presented Jack and the Bean Stalk you certainly made Jack and the Giant come to life.

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