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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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I liked this story for one main reason, that main reason is the plot of the story. The plot is a young girl spools straw and her father runs into the king and unknowingly says that she spools straw into gold, and the King orders her to come to the castle. A man gets himself involved by saying that he can actually spool the straw into the gold so she doesn't die, then the King forces the girl to continue spinning the straw and she does, but the little man keeps asking things from her to spin the gold, until she has nothing else to give but her child. But he said under one condition, that she must find out his name. and she did, then the king and the queen lived happily ever after. However, I did not like the wording of the story. The words felt really boring and not interesting. For example, "The girl did not know what to do. She began to weep. Once more the door opened and the little man stepped in." The line is not intriguing at all. It didn't seem to pull me in at all. I think the big picture of this story is that you should tell lies and if you make promises you should keep them. The lie was when the girl's father told the King that she could spin straw into gold, and the promise was when she said she would give the little man her child as a trade for spinning her straw into gold for the King. ( )
  BrianaFries | Nov 2, 2015 |
35 months - the classic tale with beautiful illustrations. A must read many times over! ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a satisfactory book. It has a patterned language that makes the book easy to follow for young children. For example, each time the king comes back and asks the Miller’s daughter to spin the thread into gold he tells the Miller’s daughter “You must spin the straw into gold by morning… or your father will be jailed”. This repetitive nature allows the child to make predictions easily. Which will allow them to grasp the concept more readily, allowing them to comprehend the text. However, despite the simple story that allows the reader to make predictions, the illustrations in the book did not help further the concept and provide clarity. The illustrations were not colored, and seemed to be e scribbled on the page. For example, the picture of when the Miller’s daughter first meets the little magical man, Rumplestiltskin, the image is not clear and not very detailed. I think this hurts the viewer’s comprehension on the book because he or she is concentrated on decoding the vague pictures. Overall, I think that the overall idea is perseverance. The Miller’s daughter never gave up hope once, and continued to search for a way to overcome the predicament the Miller put his daughter through. ( )
  eyork1 | Oct 7, 2015 |
I thought that this was a good book. I liked this version of the Rumpelstiltskin story. I liked it because I thought the illustrations were wonderful. The really brought life to the text and helped the reader's imagination paint the scene. I also thought the author did a good job with the language/text of the book. He told the story in a quick, easy pace. The words he used also seemed appropriate for this "time period" of the fairytale. The main ideas of this story are to not lie, don't be greedy, and don't make promises that you can't keep. ( )
  lmorte1 | Oct 6, 2015 |
Rumpelstiltskin is a childhood story I used to love, and still do. The plot of this story is intense. Rumpelstiltskin helps out people who need him but the people he helps have to make deals with him. The girl in this story does not realize how big these deals would be but she was willing to give him anything so that she does not die. Turning straw into gold? Who could do that? Rumpelstiltskin can and will do it for a price. Even though this story would never happen, it still sends readers a message. This message is never make promises you cannot keep. In this case, she was so willing to give anything away, even her first newborn baby, if it meant she would be safe. However, she forgot about the promise and refused to give Rumpelstiltskin the child when it came. Another thing I loved about this book was how it ended. This is a traditional fantasy story and has been told differently. There are many different endings to this story but I liked how different this one was. When there are different endings, readers will want to continue to read the story so they can find out what happens. ( )
  Jvoorh1 | Oct 1, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140558640, Paperback)

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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