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Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 25, 1997
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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.Read more ›
I am the mom, and I love it, too. This book adds a new twist to an old tale.
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!
It is a delightful retelling of the story of Rumpelstiltskin. In this version, the miller's daughter finds Rumpelstiltskin more attractive than the greedy king, and escapes with him to take up a new life on a farm. But, later, the king discovers their daughter, and kidnaps the daughter to try to force her to spin his straw into gold.
The daughter is certainly not attracted to a greedy old king in his dotage, expecially one that her mother had already rejected when he was younger. But the daughter has plans of her own for rescuing the kingdom, and she is a lot smarter than the king.
Like many good children's stories, this one has gone out of print. One could hope that the publisher will reissue this one.
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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I wish I could have bought hard cover copies of this but the message is still great in a paperback. I encourage any parent or family member who wants to encourage their female... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SCP
A wonderfully reworked fairytale. I enjoyed this story as much as the other books written by this author.Published 15 months ago by melissa thompson
This is a very well drawn book that teaches a good lesson, it is also funny. A very good combination.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an incredibly good book. The plucky heroine decides she can not only solve her own problem and save herself, she can do good for others at the same time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Campbell and Teen on Fire
We loved this interpretation and extension of the Rumplestiltskin story. Not only do we learn the name of the miller's daughter who is faced with the impossible task of spinning... Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Barbara
I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND THIS BOOK FOR YEARS AND NOW I OWN IT. IT IS A WONDERFUL BOOK TO READ, PLUS I LOVE THIS VERSION CAUSE HE GETS THE GIRL AND NOT THE KING AND IT'S A HAPPY... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by tigeress2010
I bought one for each of my daughters we loved this book so much. The artwork is clever and cute, and the writing and twist on this classic tale is wonderful. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by J. Stearmer
This inspiring take on Rumpelstiltskin is fabulous. Stories that model awesome choice making inspire people to make good choices. I love to read this story to my kids. Read morePublished on December 26, 2006 by Melanie