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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.75(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Jacob Ludwig Karl, the elder of the brothers Grimm, was born in 1785, and Wilhelm Karl in the following year. They both studied at Marburg, and from 1808 to 1829 mainly worked in Kassel as state-appointed librarians, Jacob also assisting in diplomatic missions between 1813 and 1815 and again in 1848. Both brothers had been professors at Göttingen for several years when in 1837 they became two of the seven leading Göttingen academics dismissed from their posts by the new King of Hanover for their liberal political views. In 1840 they were invited by Frederick William IV of Prussia to settle in Berlin as members of the Academy of Sciences, and here they remained until their deaths (Wilhelm died in 1859 and Jacob in 1863).
Paul Zelinsky was born in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Yale University, where he took a course with Maurice Sendak, which later inspired him to pursue a career in children's books. Afterwards he received a graduate degree in painting from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia and Rome. Paul Zelinsky lives in New York with his wife, Deborah, and the younger of their two daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The classic tale of Rumpelstilkskin and his gold spinning magic are beautifully illuminated by Zelinsky's detailed paintings.A great book for showing painting as illustration, telling familiar traditional tales and comparing with other versions of the story. This is my favorite version so far.
Summy: A miller brags to the greedy king that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king then takes the miller's daughter and locks her in a room to spin the straw into gold. The miller's daughter starts to get help by a strange little man. The third night when the miller's daughter has nothing left to pay the little man, he then tells her to give her firstborn child to him and the miller's daughter agrees. When she becomes queen and has a baby she starts to cry and the little man gives her three nights to guess his name or else the child is his.My Response: I really enjoyed reading this book and looking at the picutures as well. The pictures are so detailed and know that the story takes place once upon an earlier time. I would recommend this book to children of age 6 and over.Class Extension: 1)Ask students what was the mistake the miller, miller's daughter and Rumpelstiltskin made in this story. 2)Have students tell their story of the consequences they had for lying.
Summary:A poor miller told the king that his daughter could spin hay or straw into gold. The greedy king insisted that she spin his hay into gold or she would surely die. The poor miller's daughter did not know how to do this. She was then visited by a small man who offered to help her but for something in exchange. She offers him her bracelett and he accepts. The king becomes even more geedy and locks her in three different rooms. Each one filled with even more hay than the last. By the third room she had nothing left to offer so he requested that one day if she were to have a baby it would be given to him. She wasn't ammused with this idea but thought that it probably would never happen. After the third room was complete the king decided to marry the poor miller's daughter. A year later she gave birth to a baby boy. The small man appears and expects to take the baby. She pleads with him that he can have anything else except her baby. He disagrees and tells her she has three days to figure out his name. If she succeeds she gets to keep her baby. She sends one of her helpers to search the woods and to ask anyone if they know his name. For two days she tries to come up with every name she has ever knwon but none of them work. On the third day the helper finds the man in a cave in the woods and hears him singing about his name. When the small man comes to visit the next day she tells him his name. He is not happy but leaves and she never sees him again. Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed the illustrations. They are very well done. Also, I like to read the different versions of folk tales that different authors have. I have read Rumpelstiltskin before but not by this author. I like that there is a section in the back of the book that tells the history of the story. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. This would be a great book to read when learning about different folk tales. 2. The students could compare other folk tales to this one.