Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 1986 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jacob Grimm
Illustrator: Paul O Zelinsky
ISBN: 052544260
Hardcover Price: $11.89
According to folklore, a poor miller's lovely daughter must spin straw into gold or die. An odd little gnome-type man called Rumpelstilskin agrees to perform the impossible task for her, but only when the young woman promises him her firstborn. The maid does that, then marries the king. They soon have a child and Rumpelstiltskin comes to collect.

Richly depicted in Paul Zelinsky's oil paintings of a medieval Flemish landscape and turreted castles filled with splendid period details, the old story never loses its hold.

Review   ©1986 Parents' Choice

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