Friday, August 16, 2013

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

By Vivian Vande Velde
ISBN: 0439305292

From the back: What was with that bizarre fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin? Why would a miller claim that his daughter could spin straw into gold? Why would the king believe him? And why would an odd little man that can spin straw into gold do so in exchange for a tiny gold ring? The story is just silly. In an attempt to make sense of this wayward fairy tale, Vivian Vande Velde provides six alternate versions of the classic account, each of which is far more intriguing and revealing than the original.

I really enjoyed reading this short book. I agree with the author, that the original story is quite bizarre. I thought her six alternate versions were each really fun and different. A couple of them were a little macabre, but what fairy tale isn't?

For this reason I recommend it for ten and up.