|Rumpelstiltskins daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom *Author: Stanley, Diane *Publication Date: 1997/04/01 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Grade Level: 1-2 *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 9.50 *Height: 12.25|
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0nce upon a time a miller's daughter was given an impossible task by a cruel and greedy king. She had to spin straw into gold. And who should show up to help her but an odd little man named Rumpelstiltskin.
According to tradition, the gold-bedazzled king and the miller's daughter are wed. But wait just a minute! This king is definitely not husband material, and there's someone else who is--a hardworking guy who's supportive and nice looking, and who really comes through in a pinch.
Why not marry Rumpelstiltskin?
In Diane Stanley's merry rethinking of the traditional tale, Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter are wed...and then sixteen years later their only daughter is stuck in the same dilemma: She's been locked in a room full of straw to spin for a greedy king! She could call for help from her father, but this fairy-tale heroine has some canny plans of her own.
How Rumpelstiltskin's daughter sets things to rights in the troubled kingdom, while achieving a unique place for herself, makes for a wise and witty tale of kindness and cleverness rewarded. Diane Stanley's wickedly funny text and zesty illustrations put a delightful new spin on a classic fairy tale.Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom.
In this takeoff on the familiar fairy tale, the miller's daughter decides to marry Rumpelstiltskin instead of the king. Years later, bent on revenge, the king arrives to steal away the couple's only daughter. Will Rumpelstiltskin's daughter be able to outwit the king?
"Stanley plugs in quips and fast plot maneuvers to keep this tale hopping, but it's the detailed humorous illustrations that will entice readers, for she slightly alters her familiar style to encompass the comic pitch." 02/15/1997 New York Times Book Review
"A few caddish readers may find Diane Stanley's earnestness cloying, but her her prose is funny, and her labor-intensive, lavishly detailed illustrations have a wry, up-to-the-minute hipness." - Margaret Moorman 05/18/1997 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Stanley's retelling is witty, smart, and funny, and her full-color illustrations are the same. The characters are imbued with personality, the perspective is engagingly off-kilter, and the compositions draw in the viewer with delightful ease." - Janice M. Del Negro July/August 1997 San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Hope's success is conveyed verbally in tall-tale fashion and brought to life visually in finely detailed, framed cartoon-style illustrations. Stanley's pictures are full of action and outrageous humor, including touches--such as portraits on the palace walls that imitate well-known paintings and styles--that will appeal to adults who share this book with children." - Grace Ruth 06/29/1997