"Jack and Mossyfoot." Collected by James Taylor Adams, Big Laurel, Virginia. James Taylor Adams Collection. JTA-72. Full text in this web site. In this unusual Jack tale, Jack has a scary dream.

"Jack and Mossyfoot." In Charles L. Perdue, Jr., ed. Outwitting the Devil: Jack Tales from Wise County Virginia. Santa Fe, NM: Ancient City, 1987. Perdue reprints the tale from the James Taylor Adams Collection of Virginia folklore (JTA-72, see above), archived in the Blue Ridge Institute.

Kindt, Carol Lee and Linda Rockwell High. "Jack and Ol' Mossyfoot." In Once Upon a Mountain Tale: Eight Jack and Grandfather Tales. Lakeland, TN: Memphis Musicraft Publications, 1995. Tales accompanied by songs, musical and dramatic improvisation options, and drawings with which children can make puppets and backdrops. In this version Jack is bored in the beginning (not disobedient) and sets out exploring, then falls asleep. (The versions above don't reveal that he's asleep until the end.) The accompanying song, "Whoomity Whop" with lyrics by Linda High," has a "melody adapted from Nickety Nackety." The other tales are "Jack and the Robbers," "Jack and the Tale Without End," ""Jack and the Big Ol' Rock," "The Three Sillies," "Jack and the Northwest Wind,"  "The Green Gourd," "Soap! Soap! Soap!"

See also:

Jack and the Giants. And in many other Jack tales, Jack escapes from witches, a dragaman or fire dragon, and other dangerous characters.

Jack and the Robbers also begins with Jack being punished for disobedience.

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