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The children's classic "Rumpelstiltskin" undergoes an attitude update in Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley. Yes, the king imprisons the miller's daughter Meredith and threatens death if she doesn't spin mountains of gold, but this time it's a kind and cute, not a troll-like and evil Rumpelstiltskin who rescues Meredith from the king's wrath. Rumpelstilskin's heartfelt request for Meredith's first child as payment for the spun gold is accompanied by promises that he will read to the child and even coach Little League! Meredith cannot resist such promises, and the two escape from the palace, marry the next day, and settle on a farm far from the king. The story picks up some 16 years later. Meredith and Rumpelstiltskin have a "sunny and clever" daughter named Hope who delights in traveling to town to sell the golden coins spun by her father. On one such trip the greedy king crosses Hope's path and, after spying the gold coins, sets her to spinning gold in a cold palace cell. Hope cooks up a plan that results in prosperity for the people of the kingdom and her appointment as prime minister. Diane Stanley's irresistable prose and detailed illustrations make Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter a golden yarn that's sure to be spun over and over. (Age 5 and older)

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This miller's daughter can't imagine why anyone would want to marry the money-loving king, and proposes marriage to the short little man who has saved her life. In a starred review, PW said, "Stanley blazes a new path for herself in this effervescent revisionist fairy tale, and the results are stunning." Ages 5-up. (June)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068814327X
  • ASIN: B0046LUKQ8
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,971,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children, noted especially for her series of picture book biographies. SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULUS was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; LEONARDO DA VINCI received the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction from the National Council for Teachers of English. Ten of her books have been honored as "Notable Books" by the American Library Association and she has twice received both the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award. She is the recipient of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for the body of her work.

She lives in Santa Fe, NM. Visit her website at

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Bennett on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes I run across a book that has such a well-crafted story and such exquisite illustrations that I just sit back and say, "Wow!" This book by Diane Stanley is one of those "wow" books. In this version of Rumpelstiltskin, the miller's daughter, Meredith, is not a brainless wench who jumps at the chance to marry the king. Rumpelstiltskin is not an evil child-snatching gnome. In fact, he's a sweet soul who only wants one thing in life -- a child to love and care for. No wonder Meredith decides to ditch the king and marry Rumpelstiltskin. Besides, she has a weakness for short men. Rumpelstiltskin and Meredith marry, work on their farm, and raise their daughter. Although the family could use Rumpelstiltskin's talents to become exceedingly rich, he only spins a small amount of gold to buy those things they can't make or grow themselves. The rest of the people in the kingdom are not so lucky. The greedy king has rooms full of gold while his subjects are penniless and starving. No wonder he needs a contingent of armed guards who have elevated teeth-gnashing and sword-clutching into an art form.
When Rumpelstiltskin's daughter is sixteen, her parents let her take the odd bit of gold into town to exchange it for coins to buy necessities. Eventually the old greedy king hears about this, kidnaps Rumpelstiltskin's daughter, and locks her in a tower filled with straw. "Rumpelstiltskin's daughter looked around. She saw a pile of straw the size of a bus. She saw a locked door and high windows. She gave a big sigh and began to think. She knew her father could get her out of this pickle. But she had heard stories about the king all her life. One room full of gold would never satisfy him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"I am five years old. I like this book because the pictures are beautiful, the story is fun, and there are no scary parts. My dad loves it, too"
I am the mom, and I love it, too. This book adds a new twist to an old tale.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When Rumpelstiltskin's daughter is captured by the same greedy king who imprisoned her mother, she is determined to save herself and teach the king a lesson at the same time. This she does with real flair, improving the king's economy and polishing his image until his subjects adore him. A funny and refreshing change from fairy tales that promise only rescue for the dainty heroine, this updating of the Rumpelstiltskin story features the sharp wit of Diane Stanley as well as wonderfully clever illustrations that will engage everyone from children to adults.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We purchased _Rumpelstltskin's Daughter_ for the Children's Art Museum's Picture Book Library. The staff has been passing the it around enjoying it. It was the third or fourth time I looked through it before I noticed the paintings within the illustrations. The paintings on the walls of the castle are "copies" of famous artists's work including a Picasso, the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and other. Take a close look with a child. We will be featuring it in our Storytime next Tuesday (our school district is on spring break next week).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on July 7, 2002
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I *love* this book! And so does my 3 year old daughter. The artwork is beautiful and so wonderful to look at. The story is *awesome* and just great for little girls [and boys!].
The author has a superb wit and a gift for storytelling. This has quickly become one of our very favorites and my daughter spends lots of time now pretending to be "Rumplestiltskin's Daughter" [who also had a name!]. I'm very happy with the impact this tale has had on her sense of what it is to be a woman.
This tale encourages girls to be clever and self sufficient without being tedious or overbearingly feminist. [And without being anti-male]. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on April 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin in which the miller's daughter runs off with the elf and they live happily ever after - which is why the story mostly focuses on their daughter. Okay, so far, so good - I've never understood why the miller's daughter married the stupid king to begin with.

At any rate, their daughter is imprisoned on the same pretext as her mother, and she concocts a plan to remedy everybody's problems at once by spreading the wealth of the greedy king around a little. And after two sets of good deeds his greed is erased, he loves being loved, he dismisses his angry paranoid guards without a moment's hesitation (and they don't object to this AT ALL, of course), and Rumpelstiltskin's daughter becomes prime minister and everything is perfect for EVERYBODY for ever and... it's just a bit much.

Fairy tales tend to be simplified, but this is a bit over the top for me. Everything is *too* simple and the moral of the story ("And Rumpelstiltskin's daughter had a name too. It was Hope.") is just a little too pat and too well-presented. It seems, ignore the pun, like a book of strawmen. I'm all for a good moral now and again, but I don't need one on every page of the book, over and again.

Besides, the nieces (3 and 5) didn't like it, didn't really even sit through it. It is a bit old for them, very wordy, but they've sat through equally wordy books before. This one didn't hold their interest at all.

I'm giving it a tentative three stars. I do like the artwork a lot, and I think that with more work it could've been a better book.
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