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For use in schools and libraries only. The funny little man who spun straw into gold and helped the miller's daughter marry the king, gives her three days to guess his name or he will take away her child.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 23rd 1990 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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There have been so many different versions of the legendary Brothers Grimm tale, “Rumpelstiltskin” that I was surprised to find another version of this tale, even though I already know the story by now! But, Paul Galdone’s version of the classic Brothers Grimm tale is definitely something worth checking out!

The story begins with a poor miller telling the king of the land that his beautiful daughter can spin straw into gold. The king then decides to take in the miller’s daughter to his castle and
RLL22016_Joy Bailey Bailey
Oct 09, 2016 RLL22016_Joy Bailey Bailey rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-tale
This tale titled "Rumplestiltsken" is another version of the Original tale titled "Rumpmestiltskin" As well. In the original version a father, who is a poor Miller,lies to the King to impress him by stating his daughter can turn straw into Thread. The daughter is then bought to the kingdom and lock away in a room and given until dawn to do so or she will die. The daughter then becomes sad and starts to cry because she doesn't know how she will ever pull this off. Out of nowhere a tiny man appear ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Galdone’s 1985 retelling of the classic Brother’s Grimm tale, Rumpelstiltskin, is a must for any classroom or household library. This is a story of a father who tries to impress the king by stating that his daughter can spin gold from straw. The king tests this claim by forcing the daughter to perform this task, not once but three times. The daughter, who faces death if she fails, is saved by a little man who effortlessly completes the task in exchange for valuables. By the third night, the ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
Rumpelstiltskin is the story of an old miller who tells the King that his daughter has the gift of spinning straw into gold. As the King hears such a marvelous art, he takes the miller’s daughter into his palace and locks her in a room to spin all the straw into gold. The poor miller’s daughter has not idea how the straw could be possibly be spun into gold, she feels so sad and starts crying. Suddenly, a small man comes to the rescue but he asks something in return. The first time she gives him ...more
Feb 07, 2012 L12_tomj rated it really liked it
Paul Galdone's interpretation of the Rumpelstiltskin fable is much more explicit in telling young readers how Miller's daughter came to her prediament; her father made a boast: "I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold." Other characters motivations and actions are laid out in more detail. The king wants to marry the miller's daughter, and Rumpelstiltskin although just as nefariously greedy as always does allow the new queen three days to guess his real name. More plot details are revealed ...more
Feb 08, 2010 MissDziura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Galdone's traditional version of Rumpelstiltskin was published in 1985, and is most approriate for readers in 2nd and 3rd grade. As opposed to other version read, this holds true to the original version, even including the gender stereotypes first written by the Brothers Grimm. Unlike other contemporary versions in which the miller's daughther protests when she is told she must give up her first born, Galdone's girl obliges to the whims of the little, mysterious man. Probably the most inter ...more
Nov 13, 2016 Kat rated it really liked it
The author sticks to the original tale! He doesn't take out the nasty parts, doesn't dwell on them either. Great pictures.
Oct 11, 2016 RLL220F16_IanBuckingham rated it really liked it
This book has a amazing cover, really like the old style look to it and all of the colors. The illustrator did a great job in the shading of the colors and it makes the pictures really pop. The book really shows the emotions of the characters, especially the daughter. You can really see the struggle in her eyes as to how she can complete everything the king wants her to do which is spinning the straw into gold. She completes everything the king asks of her but it comes at a price. She agreed to ...more
Galdone, Paul. Rumpelstiltskin. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers, 1990.
Main Characters: Young Girl, Her Father, Prince, Rumpelstiltskin
MOTIF: Greed for Gold
Setting: Fairy tales of Medieval Europe
TARGET AUDIENCE: 2nd - 4th grade

From what I remember about this fairy tale, a girl must spin gold for the king and cannot do it until a magical little man comes along and promises her the ability to spin gold only if she gives him her first born child.
What I didn’t remember, or
The miller's daughter must spin straw into gold and seeks help from an old man. She must outwit the man when he comes to collect his dues by saying his name.

(Grades Preschool - 3)
Oct 12, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Galdone's classic retelling of Rumpelstiltskin begins by the miller boasting to the king about how his daughter can spin straw into gold. The miller's daughter is taken to the king and told if she doesn't do this she will die. A small man appears and asks her why she was crying. She explained that she was not able to turn straw into gold. She offered the little man her necklace and he agreed to do it for her. The next day the same thing happened and she offered him her ring. By the third day she ...more
Christine Gray
Mar 09, 2015 Christine Gray rated it really liked it
Third Graders
This is a classic fairy tale that included lies, greed, and broken promises that never the less ends with a happy ending. There were lots of tricks and turns as the miller's beautiful daughter became tangled up with problems that did not start with her but with her father and the king.
In elementary school my class was assigned various characters to act out in a skit. I do not remember why I was given the part of Rumpelstiltskin but I enjoyed it. The little
Brigid Sullivan
Rumpelstiltskin is a classic. The story of a young girl imprisoned in castle and forced to spin straw into gold. She is unable, but she meets a little magic man who can. In return, he wants her first born child. The woman agrees, but when her first born child is born, she does not want to give him up. In order to keep the baby, she must guess the name of the little man, Rumpelstiltskin.
I used this book during a lesson on favorite characters. After reading the book, each student had to choose th
The beginning starts out differently from the other versions of the story. The Miller goes out to run an errand for the King and wants to make a good impression, so he boasts that he has a daughter who can spin straw into gold. The Miller also states how he regrets how he made that comment. The king appears to be a little harsh by telling the daughter that she will die if she does not spin the straw into gold. In this version Rumpelstiltskin tells the daughter if he spins the straw into gold a t ...more
Rumpelstiltskin is the story of a miller's daughter who is commanded by the king to spin straw into gold. When she cannot do this a little man comes each night to spin the straw into gold for her, but he only does this when something is given in return. Eventually the miller's daughter promises her first born child. When the time comes the little man returns for the baby, but the queen cries and is given the chance to guess his name. Each culture has a different name for the little man, but the ...more
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
Paul Gadone version of the magical story of Rumpelstiltskin, published in 1985, came with a cassette recoding of the story. The story line is true to the original version where a miller's boasting got him in trouble. His daughter is kept by the King so she could spin straw into gold until an elf "helps" her to spin the gold. I enjoyed the reading of the story. The story teller read with expression and background music was incorporated to add dramatic effect. After reading Paul O. Zenlinsky's ve ...more
Fun to use with discussion of folk tales. Great opportunities for discussing all kinds of tangential things---what does a miller do, recurring use of number 3, what does "alas" mean, different endings, and more. Frankly, I was surprised at how riveted so many of my students were with this one--I'd figured I might lose some of my boys--and admittedly, there was some eye rolling when I pulled out the book, but they fell right in. There are usually some gasps at the fact that the king threatens the ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Galdone’s Rumpelstiltskin is a new addition to the Folk Tale Classics series. His retelling of the Grimm fairy tale retains the substance of the original. Fans who are familiar with the fairy tale will no doubt enjoy this version. Classic fairy tale elements abound (royalty, good vs. evil, a riddle, pattern of threes) making it a good choice for ELAR curriculum. The vibrant illustrations, dominated by primary colors, capture the emotions of the primary characters and create a vivid, detailed bac ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
I got this book from my local library, because I am an avid Once Upon A Time fan, and wanted to refresh myself on the actual Rumpelstiltskin tale. I knew it back and forth as a child, but age had dulled my memory. I always love Paul Galdone's work, and this was no different. Short, sweet, and to the point, and the illustrations are wonderful.
Skylar Burris
Nov 03, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
She didn't really perk up and pay attention until we got to the part about "And if by dawn tomorrow you have not spun this straw into gold, you must die." After that she was hooked. This one has always creeped me out and fascinated me too. It's a decent version.
Oct 07, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-children
I read this story to the littles merely to tell them they shouldn't lie, make promises to creepy people, easily give up your baby, and/or marry a guy who only likes you if you make him rich. That said, it's still a fun story.
Charley Gray
Jan 29, 2013 Charley Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was cool because this miller had a daughter and he lied about his daughter. He said "my daughter can spin straw into gold." So the king said "you shall bring your daughter to my palace tomorrow at dawn, and she shall spin straw into gold for me."
My favorite Paul O. Zelinsky book. Great characters, great humor.

Update: I also read the Paul Galdone version and it only gets two stars. But apparently these are both grouped together in the entry.
Alison Tripp
Sep 05, 2011 Alison Tripp rated it really liked it
Shelves: fables
Classic children's story. Teaches kids not to brag like the girl's father did. This would be good in a section about fables and fairy tales. I don't like how most of the fairy tale with poof adult role models (ie the miller and the king) and weak female leads.
Sep 17, 2015 Juliet rated it really liked it
Shelves: 01-folklore
I really liked this one! The illustrations were fun and the story was good as well although the fairy tale itself isn't exactly one of the best in my opinion. But still a fun read.
Jenn Swanson
A story from my childhood. Fabulous illustrations...what more to love? My child liked the pictures.
Beverly Kennett
I read this version as I listened to the CD reading that is available. There were several people reading in character and musical scores to match the character's mood or action.

I listened to this on tape with a book to read along with!
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Paul Galdone (1907 - November 7, 1986) was a children's literature author and illustrator. He was born in Budapest and he emigrated to the United States in 1921. He studied art at the Art Student's League and New York School for Industrial Design. He served for the US Army during world War II.

He illustrated nearly all of Eve Titus' books including, Basil of Baker Street series which was translated
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