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The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
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Jul 12, 2009

really liked it

Cute, quick read. The premise is that the Rumpelstiltskin story makes no sense. What kind of father would tell the king his daughter could spin straw into gold if he knew she couldn't? Why would the king believe this crazy story? What motive would a weird little man have to spin straw into gold for only a small gold ring as payment? What would he want with a baby? and so on and so on.

So she writes six short retellings of the story, each with different characterizations of the characters, some with Rumpelstiltskin as the hero, some with him as the villain. Every story was completely unique and a lot of fun. What it was trying to do, it did very well. I read it in an evening, more or less.

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