My daughter wanted the story, but not the Fee-fi-fo-fum parts. What she cared less for was the logging scene. I gave her a pair of scissors, told her where to cut the book. As it was bedtime, I read very, very slowly.
Jack lives with his mother in a cottage. They are very poor.
They have a cow called Milky White.
She gives delicious milk, which they sell at the market.
One day Milky White gives no milk and they have to sell her.
My daughter asked Where had all the beans gone? Social realism, I said. Can't we have the beans back they touch sky those bright eggs?
Here's the cow, I said, live with it!
I kissed her brow a light kiss. We shut her eyes good night.