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Rumpelstiltskin
     

Rumpelstiltskin

by Helen Cresswell (Adapted by), Stephen Player (Illustrator), Stephen Player (Illustrator)
 

A retelling of the traditional spine-chilling tales of Rumplstiltskin. A young girl is locked in a room, and on the strength of her father's boast, she is requested by the king to spin gold. In a panic, she pledges her first born child to the creature that can help her.

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A retelling of the traditional spine-chilling tales of Rumplstiltskin. A young girl is locked in a room, and on the strength of her father's boast, she is requested by the king to spin gold. In a panic, she pledges her first born child to the creature that can help her.

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Children's Literature
First published in 1971, this version of Rumpelstiltskin is one of several newly illustrated fairy tales retold for children by noted British writers like Cresswell, Penelope Lively, and Josephine Poole. The text follows very closely the tale as told by the Grimms except for the ending, where, instead of ripping himself in two up the middle, this Rumpelstiltskin extricates himself and hobbles off to the laughter of the court (even the gargoyles are laughing). The merciless little man is foiled, but without the violence tolerated by Wilhelm Grimm. Maybe that's just as well (although not so dramatic), as we see these less than admirable characters through the eyes of illustrator Stephen Player, who dresses them in generic medieval garb but concentrates on body language and shows us with sly humor the faces of a not-so-beautiful miller's daughter, a greedy and oafish king, a foolish miller, and a very acrobatic Rumpelstiltskin with a grotesque nose and huge white teeth. They all seem to deserve each other as well as the creepy palace infested with rats and slimy snails. The oversized paperback format is attractive, while large type invites reading by competent early readers, but can be appreciated by older fairy tale lovers as well. This action-packed Rumpelstiltskin offers an excellent opportunity for comparison of both text and illustrations with the many other available versions of the classic tale from Kinder und Hausmärchen. 2004, Hodder/Trafalgar Square, Ages 7 up.
—Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340877876
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Stories to Collect and Treasure Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.68(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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