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Rumpelstiltskin

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March 2000

Locked in a room and ordered to spin straw into gold for the king, the miller's daughter gets help from a strange little man -- but only on the condition that she give him her firstborn child. The classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin is vividly brought to life in this new edition by Paul O. Zelinsky.

Rumpelstiltskin is one of the Grimm brothers' most popular tales. Illustrated through oil paintings by Zelinsky, this supple, fresh ...

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Overview

March 2000

Locked in a room and ordered to spin straw into gold for the king, the miller's daughter gets help from a strange little man -- but only on the condition that she give him her firstborn child. The classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin is vividly brought to life in this new edition by Paul O. Zelinsky.

Rumpelstiltskin is one of the Grimm brothers' most popular tales. Illustrated through oil paintings by Zelinsky, this supple, fresh retelling is based on the Grimms' earliest versions of the story. The splendid detail of the late medieval setting, the tender beauty of the miller's daughter, and the ingenious rendering of the little man himself -- an impudent, sympathetic, infuriating creature, as witty and engaging as the age-old tale -- are all evidence of Zelinsky's particular genius.

This is a book full of alchemy for all ages.

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This new rendition of the Grimm classic comes up short when compared to Paul Zelinsky's Caldecott Honor version. The retelling, in an odd mix of formal and familiar tones, downplays the story's essential magic, mystery and suspense. Spirin's Once There Was a Tree ; The Fool and the Fish artistic interpretation is not quite up to his usual level of excellence here--many of the book's pages feature surprisingly bare scenes of characters standing about talking to one another. Even the climactic scene in which Rumpelstiltskin unwittingly reveals his name is related entirely through Sage's exposition rather than Spirin's art Zelinsky's interpretation of this same scene is an eerie, full-page masterpiece. Rumpelstiltskin himself, as portrayed here, is not a frightening or even odd creature; he is merely a very short, well-dressed man. Though Spirin's paintings of costumes and courtly splendor are, as always, elegant, Rumpelstiltskin is a tale that demands drama and flair. Ages 4-8. Mar.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this enchanting tale, a king asks the daughter of a poor miller to spin straw into gold. Not knowing how to do this impossible task, the saddened girl loses hope until she receives a visit from a strange little man. This tiny imp decides to spin all of the king's straw into gold, but only under one condition--he gets the girl's first-born child when she marries the king and becomes queen. Agreeing to this proposition, the girl soon becomes queen and has a child one year later. When the little man shows up to collect the child, he offers another proposal to the queen. In this new agreement, he asks her to guess his name before the end of three days. Distraught over this predicament, the queen seeks the help of a faithful servant and together they outsmart the crafty Rumpelstiltskin. Zelinsky's exquisitely detailed illustrations perfectly capture the splendid beauty of the late medieval period, as well as the unique qualities of each character.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Watts's delicate artwork distinguishes this translation of Grimms' classic tale. While it falls short of the stunning beauty in Paul Zelinsky's version Dutton, 1986, the illustrator's detailed colored-pencil illustrations do expand and give substance to the otherwise simple and straightforward text. Mice, frogs, ducks, fish, dragonflies, and even a hedgehog dart about as the king meets the miller and learns of his daughter. Vine-covered walls, tapestries, and starlit skies catch readers' eyes, allowing them to explore the king's castle with much delight. Bell's text, while not inspiring, faithfully follows the original. If another version of the story is needed, this one is pleasant enough, but it's not a must-buy. --Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140558647
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 129,418
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

After studying at Marburg, Jacob became a clerk in the War Office at Kassel, and in 1808 librarian to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. In 1841 he received Professorship at Berlin, and in 1854 began work on Deutsches Worterbuch with his brother.

Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.

Wilhelm Grimm and his brother Jacob are famous for their classical collection of folk songs and folktales, especially for Children's and Household Tales, generally known as Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Okay

    It is good but it is short. I think it should be free though. It is a good book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Good Book

    Loved this book as a kid, got it so they could read it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Huh

    I read this as a 5yr old pretty good?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Rumpelstitlskin

    This is a wonderful children's book filled with great illustrations. This is a great book for teaching the moral of the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Name...

    I personally think the name is impossible to say. I mean "Rumpelstiltskin". Do you really think a 5yr old can come a long and say that then again he/she may not know how to read but still.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    An Angry Little Man!

    This was a book I loved as a child and I still enjoy reading it to this day. I remember checking it out from my elementary school library. Then to my delight, the show “Reading Rainbow” featured this book with animation and great storytelling which I remember to this day. I’ve read this folktale to my own daughter and now she enjoys this storybook just as much as I did many years ago. How I wished I could actually spin straw into gold! The book cover gives a preview of the amazing oil-painting illustrations contained within, and these beautiful illustrations are complemented by the story retold by Paul Zelinsky. The layout of this book makes it natural for his artwork on some of the pages to overflow into the facing page, almost as if the story itself is overflowing from the book into the realm of our existence. Parents would do anything to prevent harm from coming to their children, and the story of the queen outsmarting the little man known as Rumpelstiltskin makes for a happy ending. This book manages to bring the magical folktale of Rumpelstiltskin to life, and is sure to be a children’s favorite for many years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Scavenger hunt2

    Go to Money fifth result. See you there.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

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    Nicely written and well illustrated

    This book is nicely written and well illustrated. It was a too easy for my 9 year old, but he wanted to know the story of Rumpelstiltskin after seeing the character on TV's Once Upon a Time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Zdas

    Bnhfmf

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    This is one of my favorite books

    I love Rumpelstiltskin a lot! Because my grandmother tolled it to a few days and me later I did a play with my cousin about it for my mother and grandmother. And I grew you love it! The story is a little about a millers daughter is ordered to make strew into gold because her father tolled the king she could. And to help her a little she has to trust a little man when she makes big bargains with him to make the gold for her. But when she gets to the third bargains the mills daughter has to save her baby by answering a riddle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Wonderful Fairytale

    This story never gets old with me. I think that the pictures were very cute.

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    Posted September 25, 2011

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