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Rumpelstiltskin (original 1986; edition 1996)

by Brothers Grimm, Paul O. Zelinsky (Adapter), Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)

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Title:Rumpelstiltskin
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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Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky (1986)

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Rumpelstiltskin is about a little man who makes a deal with a queen to take her first born child. The queen then has to guess his name before he is to give the child back or just not take it.
  jess_shalee | May 3, 2014 |
Rumpelstiltskin retold by Sheila Black. Illustrated by Gary Cooley. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Copyright 1992. pg. 6

Type of Book: Fairy tale

Summary: There was a poor miller who had a beautiful daughter and the King was hunting so he stopped by the cottage and the miller told the King that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The girl went to the castle and the King tested her. If she was not able to make the straw into gold then she would pay with her life. The girl did not know what to do so she burst into tears. Then the door opened and a little man came in wondering why she was crying. He said he would spin the straw to gold if she gave him something. She gave him her necklace and so he spun the straw to gold. Then the King came in and saw that the straw was spun into gold. So he got even more straw and told her the same thing. So the man appeared again and she gave him her ring. The King was overjoyed and made her do it a third time but if she succeeded again he was to make her his queen. The girl had nothing left to offer the little man that could spin the straw to gold so he wanted her first child. She agreed to his conditions. The King then married the miller's daughter. She gave birth a year later and the little man arrived wanting what he was promised. She wanted to keep the child and offered him the treasure in the kingdom. But he wanted the child. She begun to weep so the man said if you can guess my name in three days then you get to keep the child. The queen tried to think of every name she could. When he returned she guessed many names but none were correct. So she sent her servants across the land looking for names. On the third day a servant told the queen of a story that he encountered when looking for names. A little man was singing about how he was to take the queen's child away and Rumpelstiltskin is his name. When he returned she guessed correctly and he burst into rage. He was so mad that he tore himself in two. That was the last the queen ever saw of Rumpelstiltskin.

Response: There are many different stories for Rumpelstiltskin. As well as for the other fairytales. This one is very brief and short. I think that it is alright for a classroom. I am not sure how well children would enjoy this story.
  singleton2012 | Apr 27, 2014 |
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 |
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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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