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Tom Tit Tot: An English Folk Tale

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Like his distant cousin Rumplestiltskin, Tom Tit Tot is a small, magical creature who offers to help a young woman with her impossible sewing requirements. In the kind of comedy of errors that can only occur in English folk tales, the heroine eats too many pies, marries a king who has eyes only for her spinning wheel, and makes a deal to save her life. The only question is ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1965)
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Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve been putting off this book for awhile because of the name and the fact it was illustrated by Evaline Ness, whose illustrations I’ve gotten to unfortunately know throughout the course of the Caldecott Challenge. I know part of it is the time period she was working in, as they just liked weird color pairings in children’s books like mustard yellow and red, or avocado and black. Normally I like woodcut illustrations, but I just can’t get into her work. Then there’s the langu ...more
The copy of the book i got from the library had nothing on the cover so i can't decipher much from that. The end pages are a white color bringing nothing to the story.the colors that this story consists of are black, two shades of brown, white and a light blue. When i think of these colors i get an earthly feeling like water and dirt and so forth. The background in the pictures dont consist of anything leaving the character and what its doing to be the only thing in the picture. This might be be ...more
I appreciated this version of Rumpelstiltskin, but didn't love it. This books illustrations and language would not work well for younger readers. The illustrations are dated. They appeared to be ugly and scary at times. They are not bright and colorful, which may not appeal to younger children.

The story itself is fast paced, but I found myself getting hung up as I read. The grammar and word choice used is distracting and uncomfortable at times. Some phrases used are dated and the word ain't app
A Rumpelstiltskin variation, Great "wood cut" illustrations, that give the text lots of depth, great use of "slang" and other complex words in the text, just wish the ending told what happened to the king and queen after Tom leaves.
A folktale much like Rumplestiltskin. This countrified version makes use of dialect and is illustrated with woodcuts colored in a palette of earth tones. In this tale the daughter is promised to the king after he overhears her mother singing about how many pies her daughter ate that day. Embarrassed about what she was really singing the mother makes up a lie on the spot about howmany skeins of wool the daughter can spin. The king marries the daughter and gives her an extravagant life for 11 mont ...more
The woodcuts (or lino cuts) to illustrate this book are skillfully executed with a limited color palette, bringing their greatest power to facial expressions. The text for this English folk tale incorporates a great deal of dialect and idiom, locating the story in its cultural context. The story resonates with Rumpelstiltskin in various ways, but adds its own unique elements.
Brennan Wieland
I thought this book felt familiar when I read it. I realized part way through that it was basically the same as the story "Rumplestiltzkin", except this one wasn't as good. The pictures in it are really strange and the language used I couldn't even understand at times. If you were to read one of the two, definitely read Rumplestiltzkin instead.
The English version of Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Tit Tot follows a similar plot line, but has several differences. Personally, I prefer Rumpelstiltskin over Tom Tit Tot, but this story is still one that children will enjoy.

Publication Date: 1965
Age/Grade level: Preschool to 2nd grade
Format: Print Book
Gisela Hernandez
I never heard about this book before, but I really enjoyed it. I read it to one of my housemates, she looked at me and laughed because there were some words that I could not pronounce. Other than not being able to pronounce some of the words I really enjoyed this book. :) The pictures were pretty different.
Nimmy nimmy not, your name's Tom Tit Tot! A wonderful English version of the Rumpelstiltskin story, with quaint, very old-fashioned English that makes for a fabulous story.
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for those who think lying and putting projects off is a good idea. And a question: does the princess ever learn to sew? Does the king eventually get to kill her? lol.
Josh Clausen
I loved the Suffolk accented language, and the weird creepy artwork matched the tone quite well. Definitely one meant to be read out loud.
1966 Caldecott honor

really feels as if the story is being orally passed down from generation to generation.
Another version of Rumpelstiltskin. (See Duffy and the Devil for the Welsch version.)
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Maggi Idzikowski
A weird little Rumpelstiltskin retelling.
English folktale/retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.
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Evaline Ness was an American commercial artist, illustrator, and author of children's books. As illustrator of picture books she was one of three Caldecott Medal runners-up each year 1964 to 1966 and she won the 1967 Medal for Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine, which she also wrote. She illustrated more than thirty books for young readers and wrote several of her own. She is noted for using a great variet ...more
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