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Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
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Aug 02, 2011

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My daughter had me read this to her quite a few times in the past few days. She's not even two! She's a bit precocious. :-) She especially likes the part when the queen guesses the silly names.

For my own purposes as a teacher and a parent, I wish this story was a little more "Disneyfied". I don't like that the king says he's going to kill the girl if she doesn't turn the straw into gold (I know that's how the Grimm version goes, but it's a little violent, considering she MARRIES the guy later!) I also wish Rumpelstiltskin didn't yell, "The Devil told you!" when the queen guesses his name. It's just a little too heavy to explain to a very young child, and I'd be afraid she'd repeat it if she were older.

But the illustrations are lovely, and like I said, my daughter really enjoyed the book!

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