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The Rumpelstiltskin Problem By Vivian Vande Velde The Rumpelstiltskin Problem Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller s daughter If you stop and think about it t

  • Title: The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
  • Author: Vivian Vande Velde
  • ISBN: 9780618055234
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Rumpelstiltskin Problem By Vivian Vande Velde Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller s daughter If you stop and think about it, there are some very peculiar and rather hard to explain components to the story Vivian Vande Velde has wondered too, and she s come up with these six alternative versions ofHave you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller s daughter If you stop and think about it, there are some very peculiar and rather hard to explain components to the story Vivian Vande Velde has wondered too, and she s come up with these six alternative versions of the old legend A bevy of miller s daughters confront their perilous situation in very different ways sometimes comic, sometimes scary Most of the time, it s the daughter who gets off safely, but sometimes, amazingly, Rumpelstiltskin himself wins the day And in one tale, it is the king who cleverly escapes a quite unexpected fate.
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    1. Emma on said:

      You probably already know the story of Rumpelstiltskin Just in case you don t quite remember it, here are the details A poor miller tells the king that his daughter can spin straw into gold But she can t The king then brings the daughter to the castle to spin some straw into gold She is very highly motivated to do so since the king will kill her if she doesn t So, the girl is in a bit of trouble, right Luckily, a little man drops by and offers to spin the straw into gold for the girl First in ex [...]

    2. Amalia on said:

      A friend of mine picked this book up at a used bookstore and decided it would be something I would like Well, I love children s literature, including fairy tales I have a particular soft spot for fairy tale retellings so I can see what my friend saw I would see in this slim volume Do you see what I mean Ok Down to business The six retellings in this book are all interesting twists on the original I definitely preferred some over others and probably liked the last one the best However, I made the [...]

    3. Q on said:

      Let s consider Rumplestiltskin for a minute we all know the story There are some severe problems with it even so than normally seen in fairy tales Among them 1 Why in the world would the miller tell the king something as stupid and obviously false and impossible as my daughter can spin straw into gold 2 How the heck did he MEET the king in the first place 3 Why does the daughter go along with this and what is her freaking name, anyway 4 Why does she decide to marry the guy who threatened her li [...]

    4. Allison Tebo on said:

      WARNING SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW Well, overall that was very cute From the utterly charming introduction I was hooked this authoress has a real talent for doing the super short story but delving so deeply into the nooks and crannies of fairy tales with such humor There was only a few things that kept me from giving it a higher rating A Fairy Tale In Bad Taste While this was a really funny set and had hysterical scenes scattered through it, things turned grisly.Straw Into Gold This one was absolutel [...]

    5. Magpie67 on said:

      I love fairy tales and I totally love fractured fairy tales Vivian s view of the whole story about Rumpelstiltskin spoke of comedian levels of humor As if I were watching her on stage discussing this story and how it totally doesn t make any sense at all How did they get from point A to point D where did all the middle of the story go At the castle the king locks the girl into a room and tells her, Spin this straw into gold, or tomorrow you shall die Not my idea of a promising first date I enjoy [...]

    6. Luann on said:

      InThe Rumpelstiltskin Problem, Vivian Vande Velde writes six wildly different stories that fix the Rumpelstiltskin story to answer questions such as why a miller would claim that his daughter could spin straw into gold, why Rumpelstiltskin wanted a baby, or why Rumpelstiltskin would accept a gold ring or necklace as payment when he could spin all the gold he wanted out of straw All of the stories were just slightly outlandish, but mostly fun Fixing a fairy tale in this way is a clever idea I wan [...]

    7. Joe Lyons on said:

      Wonderful and clever I used this book to re read the Rumpelstiltskin stories with two teenage girls who I was homeschooling It was our first foray into comparative narrative I think we all got a lot out of this little book.

    8. Kristin on said:

      A fun little book with 6 alternative versions of Rumpelstiltskin I read the book through in one day, so the versions all kind of blended together I recommend reading one a day so they can each be enjoyed on their own.

    9. Megan (ReadingRover) on said:

      This was an interesting little book Rumpelstiltskin is one of those fairytales that is a little odd to begin with but has always been one I liked The author wrote this book because of how illogical and unrealistic the story of Rumpelstiltskin is I realize that most if not all fairytales are like that but Rumpelstiltskin is ridiculously so in some ways when you break it down The author makes some good points Why would the Miller boast such blatant lies about his daughter s spinning talents knowin [...]

    10. MissDziura on said:

      In some cases, so many details have been lost that the story stops making sense That s how I feel about the story of Rumpelstiltsking it makes no sense, is Vivian Vande Velde s rationale for writing The Rumpelstiltskin Problem The book begins with a very entertaining author s note where she questions the ins and outs of the popular fairy tale, pointing out things I have been thinking of as I have read through multiple versions of the story Why does the miller tell the king his daughter can turn [...]

    11. Emily Y. on said:

      I love this story because in author s notes she wrote something For this thing, you won t think that it is true unless you really think it is That statement is The story Rumpelstiltskin does not really make sense although you might think it does make sense But if you really think it over, you might think of some questions That is what the author did and has thought of some question like why did the king believe the miller who said that his daughter can spin gold Why would Rumpelstiltskin want th [...]

    12. Emily on said:

      In an introduction that had me laughing out loud, author Vande Velde compares fairy tales to the game telephone Because fairy tales were strictly oral for so long, many elements naturally changed over the years In some cases, details of the original story may be missing, and the result does not always make sense This, says the author, may explain her trouble with Rumplestiltskin, a story she feels makes no sense whatsoever She outlines all the holes in the story and offers six different versions [...]

    13. Kathleen on said:

      I first ran across this book in a library when I was quite small, and I ve been coming back to it on and off for most of my life.The Rumpelstiltskin Problem is a collection of short stories that address Vande Velde s concerns about the fairy tale, which are less this is problematic and this doesn t make any goddamn sense She came up with six variations of the story that did make sense, and wrote them down I m fond of them all, but I think my very favorite is Straw into Gold, in which the king w [...]

    14. Heidi on said:

      Ages 10 AdultIn six hilarious short stories, Vande Velde solves the Rumpelstiltskin problem the many details of the story that do not make sense She manipulates character flaws, motivations, and talents to explain the absurd details of the original story The Rumpelstiltskin characters include a cannibalistic troll with a desire to taste human baby, a romantic elf, a disguised father, and a burrowing Russian Domovoi Readers sympathies will shift with every innovative version The collection is bes [...]

    15. Krista the Krazy Kataloguer on said:

      Vande Velde introduces this book with an author s note in which she points out the problems with plot and characters in the traditional tale of Rumpelstiltskin She then offers 6 versions of the tale that solve those problems so that the story makes sense My favorite was Straw into Gold , but I enjoyed them all Vande Velde adds variety by setting them in different places, and in one version Rumpelstiltskin is actually a girl This is a great study in variations on a theme Recommended.

    16. Dawn on said:

      This is a fun little book of six short stories Each one presents the Rumpelstiltskin tale in a different way as the author imagines answers to questions like Who was Rumpelstiltskin and why did he want the baby anyway I enjoyed the author s skill in crafting stories with different points of view and such distinct voices The stories were humorous and I could tell she d had fun writing them My favorites were the one where R is an elf and the one told from the king s point of view.

    17. Carolyn on said:

      Excellent Six different retellings of the story Rumplestiltskin , as well as the original version, exploring such topics as Why would Rumplestiltskin want a human baby How would a miller come to be speaking to a king Why would the miller say such a thing about his daughter in the first place and so on.

    18. Lina on said:

      Short, but sweet this short book of stories dealing with the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin Velde tries the story from multiple points of view show the possibilities of the fairy tale that are not explained in text I really enjoyed reading this.

    19. Susie Steadman on said:

      I really enjoyed this quick read 6 tales retelling Rumpelstiltskin so that the basic problems with the story can be answered Yup, that s right up my alley.

    20. Tamara Menninger on said:

      As a lifelong lover of fairy tales and a fan of Once Upon a Time since its beginning and hooked since Robert Carlyle graced my television screen as Rumpelstiltskin , I searched our library catalog on a whim to see what a keyword search of Rumpelstiltskin and discovered this gem of short stories published in 2000 through the Ohio Digital Library site Vivian Vande Velde captured my attention immediately with the introduction about the Rumpelstiltskin Problem as she wittingly explained flaws in the [...]

    21. Allana Knight on said:

      I m going to make it clear that my rating for this book is based on the premise that the book, as far as I can tell, is meant to be of a thought experiment than a work of literature For that reason, I love it Velde basically thinks through the problems inherent in the story of Rumpelstiltskin through the medium of short stories The stories have various genres and styles and deviate from the best known version of the fairy tale in many different ways Sometimes Rumpelstiltskin is the hero, someti [...]

    22. Danielle Routh on said:

      The premise of this compendium is that the tale of Rumpelstiltskin makes very little sense, which is true Vivian Vande Velde, therefore, takes that premise and spins it into six stories that explore six different ways the story might have occurred to yield the odd results of the original tale It s fun, fast, and a great read for both people who love fairy tales and people who like to pick them apart.

    23. Aster on said:

      I have loved Rumpelstiltskin since the first time I heard it in first grade, and these retellings only made it better It fills in the plot holes and re imagines the characters in different ways I was rooting for the miller s daughter at times, and Rumpelstiltskin at times.

    24. Rebecca on said:

      Despite only picking up the book for to fulfill a reading challenge, I was thoroughly entertained I like how snarky the author was about the whole thing and the humor that came with each different spin on the old classic.

    25. R.H. Ali on said:

      I thoroughly loved each of these 6 re tellings of the Rumpelstiltskin story The author is so whimsical in each My favourite was the last story as good as gold I d definitely recommend this book.

    26. Cockneylen on said:

      OK, but somewhat repetitive It s retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin story in several different ways OK, but gets very samey after the first couple.

    27. Julie on said:

      This book was hilarious and so well done Several alternate versions of the story A very enjoyable, quick read.

    28. MirlieMeisterin on said:

      I love the tale of Rumpelstiltskin Rumpelstilzchen I really liked the ideas for logical explanations for the story, they were really funny and so lovely D

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