|He saw a toy farmhouse, far below. He looked up, but only saw clouds and more clouds. And, of course, the green rope, but there seemed no point in climbing it just to look at clouds. He carefully stepped off the ground and stepped onto the green twisting rope handholds drooping off the stony cliff face. He started climbing down. He wanted to see if there were any other toys to play with, aside from the farmhouse.
When Alric reached the ground, he was delighted by the farmhouse. It was nearly as high as his knee, and he loved the tiny cow, goats, chickens, and dog that surrounded it.
He thought of looking at the barn to find out how to open it to play inside, but he looked up when a car passed by on the road nearby.He watched it drive away. He loved cars, and in the distance he could see a group of trucks collected by the side of the road. He followed the car, interested in the trucks. If cars made good toys, trucks and diggers were far better.
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When Jack got up the next morning, he decided to make breakfast for his mother and sister. They didn’t need to
|worry so much about food and money now, with the magic seeds, so they were able to sleep in today. After cooking some eggs and oatmeal, which he left on the table for when his mother and Sarah got up, he went outside to take care of the animals. He didn’t notice anything wrong at first. After a few minutes of talking to the cow and chickens, he looked up and saw the mountain. It was completely covered with beanstalks! Then, he looked down and saw the footprints. He heard some loud noises and looked up again. Giants were climbing down the beanstalks! They were enormous, maybe ten times as tall as his house. Maybe taller!
He gathered the animals to the barn so they wouldn’t be stepped on by accident, then went into the house. He left the outside door open so he could watch the giants, but closed the screen door. They took a long time to reach the ground, carefully feeling for places where the vines were strong enough to hold their weight. Jack felt a little afraid as they got closer and he could see just how big they were. He realized that the footprints in the yard – which were big enough to be small swimming pools – must have been made by a very small giant.