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Children's LiteratureIn this Scottish variant of Rumpelstiltskin, a poor mother, the Goodwife o'Kittlerumpit, makes a rash promise to give a green witch "anything your ladyship likes," if her prize sow can be restored from sickness to health. "The lady in green" magically heals the sow and then demands "the small reward" of newborn baby Rober—unless the Goodwife can guess her name within three days. A small amount of espionage reveals to the Goodwife that the name of her adversary is none other than Whuppity Stoorie, which she announces in time to reclaim her bairn from the fairy's clutches. The strong Scottish flavor of Stewig's retelling would make the story fun to read aloud ("I dinna wish to hear old news and old gossip, goodwife. I know ye've lost your goodman. I know o' your sow's sorry state."). But unfortunately, the typeface chosen for the text makes it extremely difficult to read at all—the appearance of a text from bygone days is purchased at the cost of considerable inconvenience to today's reader. Nor does the formality of the typeface match the cartoonish and exaggerated style of the McDaniels' art. The palette for his watercolor illustrations—pale pink, pale green, pale brown, and gray—also gives an overall dreary feel to what could have been a rollicking retelling of a favorite folktale. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 4 to 8.