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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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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 |
In my opinion this is a good book but it wasn't a great book. The Renaissance-style oil paintings in this book were very pretty and made the story easier to understand. The author allows different perspectives to be seen and for each reader to take something different away from it. I didn't enjoy that the king would this innocent girl if she didn't spin straw into gold or how Rumpelstiltskin offers to help only for something in exchange like a ring or necklace. It did receive a Caldecott Honor and there is now a spinoff book called "Rump." ( )
  adepuy1 | Sep 23, 2015 |
A miller lies to the king telling him his daughter can spin straw into gold. So the king locks her in a room and gives her consequences if she doesn't do it. Of course she doesn't know how to spin straw into gold, but an impish creature appears and offers to spin the straw for her in exchange for her necklace. When the kings comes for her the next day he puts her in a bigger room and tells her to spin more. Again the imp came and offered to spin the straw but this time in exchange for her ring. The next day, the king put her in an even bigger room and said if she spins all of the straw in it to gold he will marry her. Again, the imp comes back but this time the girl has nothing to offer. SO they make a deal that she will have to give him her first born child. Later, when the king and the girl have their first child, the imp returns to collect his payment. She offered him anything in exchange for her baby. He tells her she can keep her baby if she can guess his name and she has three days to figure it out.

Personal reaction:
This is one of my favorite stories. I feel like for children it is a bit more dark than usual but I have always loved books and stories that have a little darkness in them.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
- Split the students into groups to recreate a scene from the book and they figure out what order they are supposed to be in.
  Megan_Livsey | Sep 21, 2015 |
Using the Grimm brothers tale of Rumpelstilstiltskin, the author and illustrator makes the story come to life. The illustrations are stunningly beautiful and I was compelled to spend time with each image to see the wonderful nuances.

When the poor miller comes upon the king, wanting to impress, he tells the king of his lovely daughter who can miraculously spin straw to gold. Ordering the miller to deliver his talented daughter to the castle, he obeys.

As the daughter looks at the piles upon piles of straw, she is distraught, wondering how she can accomplish something beyond her abilities. Alas, a nasty looking little fellow appears and bargains for her necklace in return of his spinning the straw to gold.

Greedy, when the king sees the spun gold, he now demands more. Again, the miller's daughter is distraught. As the little beady eyed fellow appears again, she barters her ring away in the hope that he can spin the mountains of straw to gold.

Once again, the king demands more and more. With nothing to barter, the troll like man asks for her first born son. Believing that it will never be necessary to produce a male child in her foreseeable future, she readily agrees.

The king marries the miller's daughter and she has a male child. Distraught that the child will be taken, the troll tells her that if she can discover his name, the barter will not need to occur.

She sends a maid into the woods whereupon the maid spies an open fire and a dancing ugly fellow jumping in the air with a poem using his name as Rumpelstiltskin. When the queen tells him his name, in anger he jumps around with his cooking spoon and flies out the windown.
  Whisper1 | Aug 30, 2015 |
This story tells of a women whose father promises the King that she is able to spin straw into gold. The King asks the women to turn a straw filled room into gold by morning, or she will be killed. As the women begins to cry a little man appears and in exchange for her jewelry, he spins the straw into gold. The King demands this of the women several more times, stating that if she turned the biggest room full of straw into gold she will be able to marry the King. She has nothing to offer the little man this time and promises him her first born child. After having the child, and refusing to give him up the little man tells her if she can figure out his name she can keep her child. The women sends one of her servants into the forest to find out his name his Rumpelstiltskin, and in the end gets to keep her child.
  Shilonwheeler | Aug 13, 2015 |
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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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