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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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Review: A farmers daughter is brought to the castle and is told to spin straw into gold, but she does not know how. Rumpelstiltskin comes in and promises to do what she needs if she will give him her firstborn. She promises and after she gives birth he comes back, but she guesses his name so she got to keep her child.
Critique: It is a good folklore because it deals with many, many impossible features such as spinning straw to gold. It is also a good folklore because it has been adapted and change throughout the years. ( )
  lbenfield15 | Feb 12, 2017 |
Rumpelstiltskin is a classic folktale that has been retold for many years. This tale about a gorgeous maid that is ordered by the king to spin the straw into gold but she doesn't know how, that is where Rumpelstiltskin comes into play. He tells her he will spin the straw if she give him her necklace, ring and when she becomes queen she will give him her child. She hesitates at first but promises him those things. After the king is happy with the amount of gold her marries the maid and a year later they have their first child. Remembering her promise to the man she become frightened and soon after she had their first child he came for the baby. She pleaded with him and they made a deal if she could guess his name in three days he wouldn't take the baby. Scared to death of losing her child she sent out her most faithful servant to figure out his name and when he came back on the third day she said Rumpelstiltskin and he was never seen again. ( )
  SabraR | Feb 8, 2017 |
A poor miller tried impressing the king by telling him that his beautiful daughter could spin straw into gold. The kind loved gold and ordered the girl to his castle. He locked her in a room filled with straw and told her to spin it into gold if she wanted to live. The young girl did not know how to spin straw into gold and started to cry. Then a little man appears and offers to spin the straw into gold for her necklace. The princess agrees and the little old man spins the straw into gold. This happened again the second night. On the third night the young girl had nothing to offer the little old man in return for his services so he made her promise to give him her first child. The young girl agreed the straw was spun into gold. After a year the young girl had a baby. The little old man came and tried to take the baby away. After listening to the young girls cries he agrees to let her keep the baby if she can guess his name. For two nights the young girl tries guessing his name. On the third day she sent her trusted servant into the woods to find the little old man. The servant finds him and hears him say his name. The third night the little old man comes to take the baby and the young girl guesses the correct name.
  violetkulch | Nov 30, 2016 |
Rumpelstiltskin is an old fairy tale about a young maiden who was imprisoned by the king who was led to believe that she could spin straw into gold. A small man comes and helps her for a price, and on the third day he requests her firstborn son as payment. Since she has no son, she agrees. Because of her success, the king marries her and soon they have a son. The small man comes to take her son, unless she can tell him his name within three days. The queen sends her most trusted servant into the forest where she discovers they small man's name to be Rumpelstiltskin, and the queen and child live happily ever after. This tale presents a lesson on the consequences of greed. The illustrations are vivid and delightful to all readers. ( )
  BethBaugh | Nov 6, 2016 |
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Zelinsky is a good read for elementary aged readers. My grandparents used to read this story to me as a child. This book is a Caldecott Honor Book, meaning it has been recognized for its artwork and illustrations. This book is great for elementary readers as well as even older children because of the lessons and morals this book teaches. Rumpelstiltskin tells the King's daughter that if she cannot spin the hay into gold she will take her first born child. She knows this is an impossible task, and so then he offers her another deal - she must guess his name and then she will be able to keep her son. The young daughter did indeed guess his name correctly allowing her to keep her baby. The happy ending helps reassure children that doing good will always win. ( )
  calleenemiller | Nov 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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