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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fairy tale/Folktale/Myth

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Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky (1986)


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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 |
I liked this book for many reasons. One reason I liked this was because of the language that was used. It was very descriptive. Characters were also very well developed. The author described what and how the characters were through other characters. For instance, the miller described his daughter to everyone. He described his daughter to the king of the land. The miller said, “Sire, I have a daughter who is not only beautiful, but uh … she can spin straw into gold!” The illustrations also enhanced the story. They help the readers understand some of vocabulary in the book. For instance, some readers may not know what a spinning wheel is so there is a picture of it in the book. The big message of the book is to not be greedy. Everyone has to be appreciative and thankful for what they have. ( )
  madelinependergast | Apr 18, 2016 |
Grades: 2-4
Theme: Power and greed.
  creykellums | Apr 9, 2016 |
I really liked reading this story. The language and writing is very engaging for young children and creates a sense of suspense in the book. The writing flows well and is very organized in chronological order. the characters are very well developed especially Rumpelstiltskin. The readers get an inside look on the true story of Rumpelstiltskin. The plot is organized and suspenseful for readers trying to determine who the 'bad guys' of the story are. The illustrations are the highlight of the story. they are extremely intricate and detailed. The details of the illustrations help the reader better comprehend what is happening as well as giving a picture to the words. The big idea of the story is to never give up. the queen did not give up guessing his name to keep her child. ( )
  rbiegel | Mar 29, 2016 |
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A retelling of the original Rumpelstiltskin story by Paul O. Zelinsky.
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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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