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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 classic story of rumpelstiltskin and the queen who guessed his name
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  TUCC | May 31, 2017 |
This is the original book ( )
  magg247 | Apr 13, 2017 |
This book accurately depicts the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin. The illustrations are vibrant and go with the words on every page. This book can be used for children in kindergarten to third grade. It can teach sequencing by retelling the story in the right order. ( )
  maria.baltazar | Mar 14, 2017 |
This is the story of Rumpelstiltskin, illustrated in paintings, and narrated simply enough for all ages to enjoy. In this version of the story the girl is a millers daughter who's father brags to the king that she can spin straw to gold. The king steals her and gives her three trails, each room bigger than the last, and filled with straw that she must spin into gold. Her life is in danger if she doesn't spin the straw and Rumpelstiltskin saves her each time. The last time he makes her promise her first born and she agrees. She guesses his name in order to keep her child. This is adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and is made for kids. Personally, I found this version rich in detail and while it is adapted for children there is still an element of Grimm's Brother's creepiness in the story that I like.
  siobhan.mcsweeney | Mar 3, 2017 |
In this retelling of a Grimms' fairytale, a strange little man saves the miller's daughter's life by spinning a roomful of straw into gold. His price is the promise of the miller's daughter's firstborn. The king marries her, and soon after the birth of their first child, the little man comes to demand his payment. The queen is given just three days to discover the little man's name or lose her child forever.

This is the story my grandmother always told us at bedtime, and any retelling will suffer in comparison with her rendition. However, this story is beautifully illustrated. The rich colors and detail tempt the reader to linger over each page. I think my grandmother would have appreciated the charm of the illustrations, even if her version of the story was better! ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 1, 2017 |
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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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