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Rumpelstiltskin by John Cech
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Jan 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: traditional-lit
Read in February, 2010

I found this version of Rumpelskiltskin to be more current than the other versions. The miller's daughter is more vocal and stern instead of appearing weak like the other stories. She speaks up when she is in front of the King, as he demands her to spin gold. The book also seems to be a little G rated instead of the older versions where the story appears evil. For example, the King in the beginning states that she should spin the straw into gold , or her and her family might be in danger. It does not state she will die like the other versions do. Also, before Rumpelstiltskin helps her the third time to spin hay into gold, he does not ask for her first born child instead he says he'll one day ask her for something. The ending when the daughter, who is now the princess , figures out his name to be Rumpelstiltskin, he screams that she tricked him and then he runs away. The other versions are more frightening for a child than this one. Overall, I liked this one the best.
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message 1: by CH - Marvin (new)

CH - Marvin Childress Natalie, I have to admit, I have never read anything about Rumpelskiltskin. Something you mentioned is so ironic to me...you wrote about the newer version being more G-rated than its predecessors...I think it's odd that the literature would be more safe and child-friendly, and nowadays the media/television/film/etc. has become less G-rated and more inappropriate for young children.


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