Lazy Jack

lazy jackThis English folktale, which is told here in the form of a Children’s Story, is about a boy (Jack) who isn’t very bright and doesn’t like the idea of work. However, thanks to faithfully following the advice of his mother, he ends up marrying a rich girl and, one imagines, never having to work again. Possible s? For children: Always do what your parents tell you and you will have a happy life. For parents: Teach your children to work hard and they will take care of you in your old age. For the rich girl: Sometimes laughter is the best medicine of all.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English version of the story which are not in our Elementary Level 800 word list are: , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

english fairy talesOur source for the story was a children’s book called English Fairy Stories by Australian folktale collector Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890. The book can be downloaded in various e-book forms from Project Gutenberg here. An audiobook is available from Librivox here.


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moral(n: moral pl morals) The lesson to be learned from something that happens or from a story.
(adj: moral) Concerning what is right and wrong in human behavior. A moral person is always does what they believe to be the right thing to do. 2000

cheese(n: cheese pl cheeses) A yellow or white solid food that is made from milk. 2000

donkey(n: donkey pl donkeys) An animal that is like a small horse with large ears, commonly used for carrying things. 5000

lazy(adj: lazy, lazier, laziest) Not liking to work hard or to be active. 3000

scratch(n: scratch pl scratches) A shallow and narrow cut in the skin or a surface caused by something sharp.
(v: scratch, scratches, scratched, scratching) 1. To make a line in a surface or object by rubbing or cutting it with a sharp point. 2. To rub your skin with something sharp to stop an itch. 3000

shoulder(n: shoulder pl shoulders) The part of your body below the neck where your arm is connected. 2000

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