An awkward, foolish, lazy youth answers to the name Jack in a number of the fairy tales, legendary stories, and nursery rhymes of:
The character appeals to listeners and readers of his adventures because of his underlying cleverness in channeling haplessness into happiness. He sometimes carries a last name, as in the cases of:
• Jack Frost;
• Little Jack Horner.
He contrastingly gets laudatory nicknames in the cases of:
• Jack the Beanstalk Climber;
• Jack the Giant Killer.
It in fact is Beanstalk Jack’s character that gets recycled into Tomie dePaola’s folklorically illustrated and narrated “Jack.”