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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 am definitely not a fan of this book. I think that the message and theme of the story is not a great one for children to listen to. It makes the readers’ believe that in order to help someone, you should receive something in return. With such a materialistic society these days, I don’t think this is the best way for children to believe. For example, the little man says “What will you give me if I help you?” In return, the girl must give him her ring. Personally, I think children should be taught that you should help everyone around you without expecting anything in return. Children should be being taught that the right thing to do is help others out of the goodness of their hearts. This story promotes a materialistic and selfish world. ( )
  jtaylo41 | Mar 27, 2014 |
This old folk tale tells of a millers daughter who is forced to spin straw into gold for the king. The millers daughter doesn't know how to do this but a tiny man who enters her chambers does. He spins the straw into gold for a price, he asks the millers daughter to give him her first born child. Once the daughter and the king marry, they have a child and the tiny man comes to collect what was agreed upon. The new queen doesn't want to give up her new born child so the tiny man tells her that if she can guess his name within three days, he will let her keep the child. After three days, the queen finds out his name and calls him Rumpelstiltskin. The illustrations alone entrance the reader; such vivid oil paintings that depict the medieval time period shoot out at you and brings you into the story. This would be a great book to read aloud as a class or on your own so that one could fully soak in the amazing paintings. ( )
  Keller_M | Mar 14, 2014 |
I think that the artwork both goes with the cultural focus as well as enhances the tale. As one is reading through the book the art is so clear, it makes you feel like you are there in the story and it shows the scene of what the page is talking about. It is a really good book and it retells the story of Rumpelstiltskin very well and all children should read this book. ( )
  heyleigh | Mar 11, 2014 |
I liked this book for many reasons. My favorite thing about this book was the illustrations. The author uses very rich colors and incorporates a lot of detail into all of the illustrations. The details on all of the people make them look extremely realistic and they reminded me of a portrait. The images do not appear to be stiff. One place that this is portrayed is in the illustration of the girl laying on the golden spools. The details in this image create movement, making it appear extremely realistic. The illustrations also convey the emotions of the characters. For example, you can see the concentration in "the little man's" face as he works to spin all of the straw into gold. Another reason I liked this story was because of the plot. There are many suspenseful events that enhance the story by making the reader want to continue reading. For example, each time the king threatens to take her life if she is unable to turn all the straw into gold, it puts the reader on edge and curious to know what will happen next. Another suspenseful situation in the story is when the girl pleads to keep her baby although she promised "the little man" that her first child would be his. He gives her three days to figure out his name and if she knows his name by this time she may keep her child. This event was extremely suspenseful and made me want to read on to find out how the girl would resolve this problem. The overall message that I took from this story is that you cannot trust strangers. ( )
  kbarge1 | Mar 5, 2014 |
Beautiful illustrations accompany this classic tale about the woman who sells her firstborn child to a troll in order to spin straw into gold. In order to save her child, she must guess the troll's name by the 3rd night.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
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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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