Picture Book Review: Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter

You know the story of Rumplestiltskin, right? What about his daughter? Learn her story in Rumplestiltskin’s Daughter!

When the miller brags to a guard that his daughter, Meredith, can spin straw into gold, the guard goes straight to the greedy king to tell him the news.  The king immediately locks Meredith up with a room full of straw, and gives her an offer she can’t refuse: Spin the straw into gold, and she’ll live.  Luckily for Meredith, a little man who really can spin straw into gold shows up, and in exchange for her necklace, Rumpelstiltskin turns all the straw into gold.

The king is thrilled, and gives the miller’s daughter another room of straw to transform, with the same offer as the night before.  Again, Rumpelstiltskin shows up, and in return for her ring, he does her the same favor.  On the third night, the king tells Meredith that if she can make just another room of gold, she’ll be his queen.

But Meredith and Rumpelstiltskin have other ideas.  That night they escape on a ladder made of gold, and live happily on a farm far away from the king.

Sixteen years later, their daughter is shopping with some of her father’s signature hand-spun gold, when the king captures her and tries the same agreement he made with Meredith.  Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter, however, has a plan to improve the country’s poverty– if only the king will fall for it.

Diane Stanley writes a witty retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, with a style that is both simple enough for younger children to understand, and entertaining enough for older children and adults to enjoy.


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