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Rumpelstiltskin by Brothers Grimm

Rumpelstiltskin (original 1986; edition 1996)

by Brothers Grimm, Paul O. Zelinsky (Adapter), Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)

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Authors:Brothers Grimm
Other authors:Paul O. Zelinsky (Adapter), Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (1996), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 40 pages
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Tags:Fairy tale/Folktale/Myth

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Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky (1986)

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This story tells of a women whose father promises the King that she is able to spin straw into gold. The King asks the women to turn a straw filled room into gold by morning, or she will be killed. As the women begins to cry a little man appears and in exchange for her jewelry, he spins the straw into gold. The King demands this of the women several more times, stating that if she turned the biggest room full of straw into gold she will be able to marry the King. She has nothing to offer the little man this time and promises him her first born child. After having the child, and refusing to give him up the little man tells her if she can figure out his name she can keep her child. The women sends one of her servants into the forest to find out his name his Rumpelstiltskin, and in the end gets to keep her child.
  Shilonwheeler | Aug 13, 2015 |
This story depicts one of the oldest folk stories. This book can be used as a way of introducing folklore's and how they were used to describe a particular era or tradition. Grades K-2.
  Gamino | Apr 28, 2015 |
Meh. If it's the only version of the story that you share with your children, or if you're a completist or a scholar, it's fine. But if you've already enjoyed other versions, this one doesn't add much. Not much personality or verve. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I liked this book, because the imagery clearly helps assist the development of the story. The author also did a wonderful job with the language of this book, because since it is an older book, it can be challenging to understand what is being said. A lot of students will pick up on some main themes, but they might not understand their full meaning, "greed and vain". This story also tells students to be careful of what happens in the moment, and to chose your words wisely, because you may never know when karma will come around and get you. This story is also a great way for students to compare and contrast other versions that maybe their other teachers and parents have read to them. ( )
  kbarry9 | Feb 24, 2015 |
Summary of book: This book is about a girl born to a poor miller. The miller went to the King and said his daughter knew how to spin straw into gold. The King told the miller to bring her to the castle. The girl was locked into a room with straw, where she began to cry. If she did not succeed, the king told her she would be killed. A little man came to the room, and asked why she was crying. She told him she didn't know how to make the straw into gold. The little man told her he could help her, if she had something to give him. She gave him her necklace. He made the straw into gold thread. The King was happy but he became more greedy. He put her in an even bigger room. Again the little man, helped her for her ring. Finally, the king said if you make this even larger room of straw into gold thread I will marry you. The little man said he would help her again but this time, if she promised to give him her first born child. She agreed. The girl and the King married and she ended up having a son. The little man came back to claim the child but the queen was not willing to give up her child. The little man said if you can tell me my name I will leave you alone. At the end of the story she finally found out his name was Rumpelstiltskin!

Personal Reaction: Life may not always be what we expect it to be. But in the end with a little help and not giving up, we could all live happily ever after!

Extension Ideas:
1) Have students write about what they liked most about the story.
2)Have students write about the part they liked the least.
3)Have them get into groups to compare their ideas.
  ah932109 | Feb 7, 2015 |
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Paul O. Zelinsky, 1998 Caldecott medalist for Rapunzel, also has three Caldecott Honor Books under his belt: Hansel and Gretel, Swamp Angel, and this fine edition of Rumpelstiltskin. Zelinsky's oil paintings are perfectly suited to the strange saga of the little man with the secret name who knows how to spin straw into gold. The golden light infusing the late medieval setting subtly reinforces the theme.

The visual characterization of Rumpelstiltskin is a triumph: an odd elfin man with bulbous eyes, a gigantic, flat black hat, impossibly skinny arms and legs, and long, pointed black shoes. This Rumpelstiltskin is not scary or horrid, but rather mischievous and weird. When the young queen finally guesses his name, and thus is able to keep her baby, he flies off on his huge cooking spoon (with a pout), true to the Grimms's 1819 version of the story. (Zelinsky provides notes on his text in the back of the book, indicating his careful research into various editions of the original Grimm tale.) Zelinsky's retelling is straightforward and smooth, with only a few lines of text on each page to complement the truly magnificent full-page illustrations. A delightful book worth its weight in gold! (Ages 3 to 7)

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A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.

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