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Whuppity Stoorie

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In order to cure her ailing pig, an Irish widow agrees to give an assuring stranger whatever she wants without a second thought. Then the widow realizes she will need to outwit the cunning stranger or she'll lose her sow and her baby as well.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Holiday House (first published March 2004)
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Mary Catelli
A retelling of a Scottish fairy tale. The plot is recognizable as the same as Rumpelstiltskin even though just about every element in it is different from the one in pop culture. Starting with the main character being a woman whose husband ran off leaving her with a child.

Art is pleasant. Font's a bit odd, and some bits of Scottish dialect are kept on.
Ardea Smith
Nov 18, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing
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Title / Author / Publication Date: Whuppity Stoorie/John W. Stewig/2004

Genre: Fiction, Fairytale

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: In order to cure her ailing pig, an Irish widow agrees to give a strange woman whatever she wants and then the widow must guess the woman's name or give up her baby.

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: The book is written in an old English dialect and the font choice makes the story difficult to read.

Review citation: Oliff, Grace. (2004). Whuppity Stoorie
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N_Heather
Oct 09, 2010 N_Heather rated it it was ok
This is a Scottish version of the classic Rumpelstiltskin story. In this book a poverty stricken "goodwife" ends up promising an old lady anything she wants if she cures her very ill pig (who she happens to love very much.) For her "payment" the old lady asks for the goodwife's child. Not wanting to give up her son, the goodwife is given 3 days to figure out the old lady's name. After spying on her in the forest she comes up with the name and gets to keep her son. I guess this was an ok book but ...more
Heidi
Feb 08, 2010 Heidi rated it it was ok
Grades 2-4
A widowed "goodwife" suffers from poverty and accepts help from the fairy Whuppity Stoorie. In exchange, the fairy demands the goodwife's young son if she does not guess her name. After spying on Whuppity Stoorie as she spins and sings, the goodwife overhears the name that will allow her to keep her son. In a rage, Whuppity Stoorie runs off and the goodwife and her son live happily ever after. The story warns humans in trouble to stay away from fairies and “solve your own problems." Th
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Kristy
Apr 28, 2013 Kristy rated it it was amazing
A fantastic Scottish tale of a poor woman who makes a deal with a fairy. Although based on Rumplestiltskin, this tale is very different. A lovely book, but it might be challenging for children (and adults!) due to the interesting font choice and the Scottish dialect.

Publication Date: 2004
Age/Grade level: Preschool to 2nd grade
Format: Print Book
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