As mentioned in my previous blog here is Jack and the Beanstalk in English. Find the Afrikaans version here. It might help if you read this with my blog: Tips for reading Afrikaans. This is part of a theme to encourage comprehension of Afrikaans.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Long, long ago a boy and his mother lived in a small house in a small town. The boy went to school every day and helped his mother around the house in the afternoons. They had a cat and a cow and some vegetables in the garden.
One day Jack’s mother called him: “Jack please go to the market and sell our cow as we don’t have any money left.”
Jack was very sad about this but he listened to his mother and took the cow to the market.
At the market Jack saw an old man and asked him: “Good morning Sir would you like to buy my cow?”
The old man looked at him and said. “Mmm I don’t have any money to offer you but I can offer you these 5 magic beans.”
Jack replied: “I am very sorry Sir but my mother said I must sell the cow for money.”
“I don’t have any money boy. You won’t be sorry if you trade the cow for these beans.” Said the old man with a smile.
“All right Sir I’ll trade you” and with that he took the beans and went home.
At home his mom was very upset when Jack gave her the beans and threw it out of the window. Jack went to bed with a heavy heart and felt that he had made a big mistake. The next morning there was a giant beanstalk outside their window. When Jack looked at it he couldn’t believe his eyes. It was as broad as a bus and reached to the sky. He decided to try to climb it and packed lunch in his backpack and started climbing. He climbed and climbed until he reached the clouds. He couldn’t believe it when he realized that he could stand on them. Jack stepped on the clouds and started walking. He walked for a while and saw a giant castle in front of him. He walked up to the door and knocked on it. The giant door squeaked open and a giant lady stood in front of her.
“Who are you boy?” asked the giant lady friendly.
“My name is Jack, Madam.” He replied.
“You came just in time! I think you can help me with something. I need to sweep the corners of my castle but my broom is too big. I have a smaller one but my hands are too big to hold it. Can you help me please?”
“Yes, I sure can Madam. I always help my mother around the house.” Jack started sweeping right away. It was a very big castle and he took a few hours. When he was finished the giant lady gave him a glass of orange juice.
The giant lady asked him: “I wonder what I can give you in return for your help? Mmm, let me think. Ah! I know! I can give you my hen that lays golden eggs if you promise me to come and help me once a month to sweep the corners of my castle?”
“That won’t be a problem. Thank you very much!” Jack replied.
Jack took the chicken and climbed down the beanstalk. His mother was overjoyed and every time they needed something the chicken laid a golden egg. Up to this day Jack climbs up the beanstalk once a month to sweep the giant lady’s castle.
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