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Rumpelstiltskin Hardcover – October 16, 1986
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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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Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
Paul Zelinsky hasn�t altered a single detail of the odd story, but his illustrations, based on Italian Renaissance oil paintings, make the tale clearer and far less frightening. His control of gesture and facial expression is marvelous, and as you watch the miller�s daughter�s face change from innocence to wariness to fear for her child, to intelligent calculation, and finally to triumph, it is obvious that this is a story of a young woman making her way from complete innocence, where she is at the mercy of others, to an intelligent (if crafty) control of her own life. The best picture in the book is the final one: the miller�s daughter, now queen, looks down on her baby with love, while the greedy king stands looking on, a little dumbfounded, a little awed. There may be hope for this relationship after all.
This is a book my daughter asks me to read over and over, and I�m more than happy to do so.
I liked the book because it had bright detailed illustrations. I liked the picture of the king and the miller. The message is don't trust strangers because she talks to him. The theme is karma because he tricks her and then she tricks him. There is good vs. evil because Rumpelstiltskin is bad and she is good. I know this because he tricks people. The conflict of person vs. person is interesting because she is ahead and then he is. It keeps going back and froth. I think kids should read this because it will teach them to not trust strangers. There are no more versions of this story that I have read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book with beautiful illustrations and a classic story. My grand daughter loved it.Published 5 months ago by BENJAMIN K. HARTWELL
This is a beautifully illustrated book. The fairy tale is great and should always be in any fairy tale collection but the illustrations are just outstanding. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. Ervin
Love this book! Read it as a kid, now 20+ years later I got it for myself to have again and pass down. It is written very well and the illustrations are beautiful.Published 9 months ago by Kastev08
beautiful book good seller fast shipping book binding nice and tight paiges crisp and clean beautiful picture ilastration daughter loved the book.Published 10 months ago by blossom1