Book Review: Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky


Title: Rumpelstiltskin

Author: Paul O. Zelinsky

Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky

Publisher: HMH Books

Published Date: 1986

Source: library

Buy It: Amazon B&N


Goodreads Summary:

David Wiesner received the 1991 Caldecott Medal for Tuesday. In the years that followed, he went on to receive two more Caldecotts, and Tuesday went on to sell half a million copies in the United States and to be published in a dozen foreign countries. Now, with remarkable advances in the technology of color reproduction, the original artwork for Tuesday is being reproduced anew, for an edition even more faithful to the palette and texture of David Wiesner’s watercolor paintings. The whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads will continue to enchant readers of all ages.

My Thoughts:

Fairy Tales. Who doesn’t like a fairy tale that doesn’t have a happy ending? And one where you don’t have to give up your child in the process. BUT…a child was given up. The Miller gave up his daughter in the beginning. This stupid miller wanted to impress the King and basically sets his daughter to get killed if she can’t spin straw into gold. What kind of father does that to their child? No wonder this poor girl gives anything to stay alive. But to give a first born? And to marry the man who threatens to kill you? Yeah, I don’t know about all that. Feminism and all that has been around too long for me to be okay with that. I would have bargained for my freedom before I would have married a man, even if he were the King, that kept threatening to kill me. I just don’t see the appeal in all of it.

Auf Wiedersehen!