Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley

We all know the story of Rumpelstiltskin; a foolish miller lies about his daughter and gets her locked up by the king, who orders her to turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning or be put her to death. Just in the nick of time, a magical man named Rumpelstiltskin arrives and spins all that straw into gold on her behalf. The greedy king repeats his threat night after night until he offers to make the miller’s daughter his queen.

But this miller’s daughter is not interested in marrying the king. Instead, she’d rather get out of the castle and marry Rumpelstiltskin, so that’s exactly what she does! The two live in the country and have a daughter who grows into a happy and well-adjusted woman. But when traces of spun gold surface again in the kingdom, the king is quick to sweep in, thinking this young lady has the same talents as her father. But Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter is unperturbed. She has a plan and thinks it’s high time that the king finds out what’s really important… and it’s not gold.

I have read Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter since I was young and it’s still one of my favorites. This whimsical fractured fairy tale is witty and the illustrations are beautifully detailed. I always admired the way Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter faces her adversity and, ultimately, changes the king’s heart for the better.

If you like nontraditional fairy tales, check out Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying! by Trisha Speed Shaskan any Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen. These stories and many more are available at your local Virginia Beach Public Library location.

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