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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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The illustrations in this book had brilliant colors, very historic, and very expressive faces. Young readers will love reading and listening to this book to try to figure out what is going to happen next or if the little man will take her son. This will be a good book for kindergarten through fifth grade readers, depending on their reading comprehension level. ( )
  caitlinpw | Sep 12, 2016 |
Zelinsky's, Rumpelstiltskin is a Caldecott Honor book, and is the retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale. In this version of the famous tale, a poor miller boasts of his daughter’s ability to spin straw into gold. A greedy king takes the millers’ daughter, and demands that she spin gold for him or die. Unfortunately for the girl, she is incapable of spinning hay into gold. Responding to the girls sobs Rumpelstiltskin offers to spin the hay into gold for the price of her first born child. Wanting to live, the girl agrees. At the arrival of the girls first born child, Rumpelstiltskin arrives to collect on the agreement. Once again the girl is distraught, so Rumpelstiltskin offers another wager. The girl can keep he child if she can guess his name, which she does.
Fairy tales such as this not only have happy endings, but also lend themselves to questioning morals, actions, and motivations of the characters. Character analysis and compare and contrast are the central focus of this tale. The character illustrations are dramatic, and support the text. The illustrations are vibrant and rich, as they resemble Renaissance paintings. Readers of all ages will be captivated by the stunningly detailed illustrations.
Media: Oil and Water Color Painting ( )
  Lheatherly | Jul 18, 2016 |
Beautiful work of art. Great retelling of this story. The author's notes are great at the back of the book. Great information to share with students how authors may change words when doing a retelling. ( )
  Patty6508 | Jul 5, 2016 |
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 | Jun 6, 2016 |
I had mixed feelings while reading this book. One of the reasons I liked it was because of the repetitive language that was used, it made the story easy to follow along with. "You must spin the straw into gold by morning or your father will be jailed," was one line that was repeated throughout the story. One reason I didn't like this story was because of the language. The word choice and the way that the book was written did not seem to enhance the story at all. The story kind of just went along, it did not seem to interesting. Another reason I didn't enjoy this book was because of the characters. I did not really like how the King was treating the daughter, he was very greedy and seemed like he was torturing the daughter, which I personally did not enjoy reading. Also, I did not like how the story almost ended with the daughter having to sacrifice her first born child, even though she did get his name right, I didn't really like this part of the story. The main idea of this story is to not be greedy and perseverance. The queen never thought she would be able to spin all the gold, but Rumpelstiltskin helped her and they found a way to finish it. ( )
  oliviaceresi | May 2, 2016 |
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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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