Waynetta and the Cornstalk

A Texas Fairy Tale

Times sure are tough on the ranch, and Waynetta and her ma can use all the luck they can get. But when Waynetta trades their last longhorn for a handful of so-called magic corn, Ma is none too pleased. “The only magic this corn’s got is the disappearin’ kind,” she says, and tosses it out the window. But come the next morning, there’s a giant cornstalk growing up to the sky, and Waynetta climbs it to find her own luck.

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807586884
  • July 2012

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  • This Wild West version of Jack and the Beanstalk is sure to have readers breaking out their tengallon hats and asking for some southwestern fare. There’ll be a showdown at any library not stocking this title.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • This imaginative and humorous story and equally humorous and colorful illustrations combine to make this a rollicking, fun read. Recommended.

    - Library Media Connection

  • Watercolor images in varying shades of brown with dramatic splashes of purples, reds, greens, and blues depict Waynetta’s rickety old house surrounded by broken fences and desert landscape. A gun-toting, ax-wielding mother and other exaggerative characters accompany the rich Texan parlance that peppers this amusing read-aloud.

    - School Library Journal

  • In this funny, feminist, fractured version of Jack and the Beanstalk, the hero is a girl, and her helper is a giant’s wife…the action-packed, neon-colored illustrations match the uproarious, tall-tale fun. Kids will enjoy the Wild West setting and the story of the bad grown-up who is outwitted by the small hero.

    - Booklist

  • Children will delight in repeating the refrain. “Fee, Fie, Foe, fat, I think I smell a cowgirl brat,” and the story will have them begging, “read it, again.”

    - Children's Literature


Diane Greenseid

Common Core

RL.K-2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.30