I told the story at bedtime to my boys last night and was struck by what a terrible lesson it teaches.
Jack sold his family’s only cow for a bag of magic beans. His mother got angry and threw them out the window. The beans grew into a tall beanstalk that reached the sky. Jack climbed up the beanstalk, went to a Giant’s house, and stole a magic singing harp and goose that laid golden eggs. The Giant chased Jack down the beanstalk. Jack’s mother chopped the beanstalk down and the Giant died. Jack and mother lived happily ever after.
Now let’s really think about the facts:
Jack does not obey his mother and gets beans for the family cow (pun intended). Jack trespassed by entering the Giant’s home without permission and then committed burglary/larceny. The Giant was the owner of the harp and goose. Jack’s mother is a murderer, guilty of at least manslaughter by chopping down the beanstalk while the Giant was climbing down. (Did the Giant have a family and dependents? Who knows?) The goose and harp weren’t any better off with Jack (throw in a interstate kidnapping charges!). You can bet that Jack was still making that goose lay a golden egg each day. Otherwise, why take the goose in the first place? As for the harp, Jack either made it play every day or pawned it on eBay. Jack and his mom are felons, crooks, and murderers.
Think about it. Don't get me started about that girl living with seven guys.