The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

Vande Velde, Vivian

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
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A collection of variations on the familiar story of a boastful miller and the daughter he claims can spin straw into gold.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin,, 2000
ISBN: 0618055231
Branch Call Number: FICTION Van
Characteristics: xii, 116 pages ; 19 cm

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A collection of variations on the familiar story of a boastful miller and the daughter he claims can spin straw into gold.


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May 21, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

after the king’s guards locked her in, she tried to get the door open with her hairpin, the way heroines in stories always do, but in the end all she had was a bent hairpin.

May 21, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This girl was just the kind of beauty who always got everything her way, and it was about time she learned a lesson.
But then Rumplestiltskin sighed again. Getting one’s head chopped off was a pretty drastic lesson.

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May 22, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Rumplestiltskin wasn't one of the stories that particularly puzzled me as a child. It has some classic fairy tale elements such as commoners and kings, strange bargains and the power of true names that made sense to me. However, as Vivian Vande Velde points out, some parts of the story really are odd. Wouldn't someone who could spin straw into gold be the richest person in the kingdom already? What does Rumplestiltskin want with a baby anyway? The Rumplestiltskin Problem takes a very entertaining look at these and many other questions raised by an old tale.

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