The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

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: 9780618055234
0618055231
Branch Call Number: FICTION Van
Characteristics: xii, 116 pages ; 19 cm

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The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde

A father tells the authorities his daughter can do impossible things AND the authorities believe him.
A soon-to-be bride promises to give her future baby away to a TROLL.
Said bride agrees to marry the man who's threatened to kill her if she can't keep doing the impossible.
What would a troll do with a baby, anyhow, and why would he give her all that spun gold for a tiny ring? (more)


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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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Tabaqui
Nov 25, 2016

"Sideways, between the particles."

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andreareads
May 21, 2012

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.

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andreareads
May 21, 2012

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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Tabaqui
Nov 25, 2016

Rumpelstiltskin as an elf is my favorite character. :) That adaptation is my favorite of them all, actually. All of the stories are funny, and they each take a different character and probe their motives, etc. I never thought of fairy tales this way before!

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andreareads
May 22, 2012

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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