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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
Diane Stanley is an author and illustrator of fiction and nonfiction books for children. Perhaps best known for her biographies of historical figures such as Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens, Stanley is also a noted reteller of multicultural folktales. Raised primarily by her divorced mother, Stanley had no formal training as an artist until she took a drawing class during her senior year at Trinity University. After graduation, she continued to study drawing in the hopes of becoming an illustrator of medical textbooks. Though, she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine, she never pursued a career as a doctor because, she says after four years of medical school, "I suddenly discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up: a children's book illustrator." Her first book, THE FARMER IN THE DELL, was published in 1978. In addition to illustrating her own works, Stanley has also illustrated books by such authors as Verna Aardema, Jane Yolen, and her own mother--playwright and author Fay Grissom Stanley.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
From the Publisher
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?
Once there was a miller's daughter who got into a heap of trouble. It was all because her father liked to make up stories and pass them off as truth. Unfortunately, the story he told was that his daughter could spin straw into gold, which, of course, she could not.
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. 2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist|01-02 Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist (Gr. 3-6)| 99-00 Children's Book Award