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The Books of Umber:
-Happenstance Found
-Dragon Games

-The End of Time

The Thief and
the Beanstalk

The Brave

The Eye of 
the Warlock

The Mirror's Tale

The Riddle
of the Gnome

And more:

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Learn more about the original stories.
There are lots of great fairy tale reference sites on the Web. One of the best is the SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages.

Discover great books for young readers.
Young Adult Books Central is a great site for anyone who loves books, with reviews, articles, author interviews and more.

Discover more fantasy writers.
Scifan is a comprehensive, well-organized and frequently updated site dedicated to helping readers discover new science fiction and fantasy books and authors. 

The Thief and the Beanstalk lesson plan.
It was a nice surprise when I found this lesson plan on the Scholastic site. It includes discussion questions, recommended activities and a vocabulary exercise PDF. 

Not so recommended.
To experience a brief moment of frustration, confusion and finally enlightenment, click here.