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Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
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Dec 11, 2009

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bookshelves: taditional-liturature
Read in December, 2009

Recommended for grades pre-k-2nd grade.
In this 1998 Caldecott medalist, version of Rumplestiltsin, Paul O. Zelinsky creates a very visual world. He used very detailed oil paintings to bring out the feelings of disperse in this version of the Gimms’s fairy tale. Zelinsky, does an outstanding job with his visual characterization of Rumplestiltskin. He explains him as an odd elfin man with bulbous eyes, a huge, flat black had, and he is terribly skinny. In this version he is not portrayed as scary, rather mischievous and weird. When the young queen guesses his name, allowing her to keep her child, he flies off on a huge cooking spoon and leaves forever. This retelling is straightforward and smooth, with only a few lines of text on each page. It seems that this is primarily a picture book with the text for support. I enjoyed this book, but I feel that it may not be a great one to center a lesson around. For that reason I gave it 3 out of 5.

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