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Napoli, Donna J.
New York : Puffin, 2001.
ISBN 014131110X
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Rumplestiltskin is not my true name. It is a wretched name given to me by the woman who broke my heart when I was just a young man. Yes, Rumplestiltskin had a heart. As a matter of fact, I was once a well respected, strong, and handsome tailor who loved a beautiful, young spinster more than anything in the world. We planned to wed. I had the ring and we had already consummated our love numerous times in the secrecy of the barn. All I had to do was ask her father, a simple farmer, for his blessing. But, the day I asked the farmer for his daughterís hand in marriage I was devastated to hear he had other plans. He wanted his daughter to marry the local miller because he could offer her a life of financial security. My blood boiled as I listened to the father's plan, and in a fit of desperation I spouted the words that would change my life forever, "If you give me her hand in marriage I will dress her in gold...A gold wedding dress." It was too late to retract. The farmer gave me until the next full moon to reappear with a wedding dress made of gold or I would never marry my one true love. Feeling desperate, I stole a magical spinning wheel from an old, blind spinster. The old woman warned me if I took the wheel without her blessing I would be cursed, but I was too love stricken to listen. Although the wheel enabled me to spin straw into gold for the wedding dress, it left me crippled and sallow, like an old man. When the farmer saw my poor physical condition, he refused to allow me to wed his daughter. However, the farmer didn't know his precious daughter was already carrying my child. Nine months later I approached my one true love to offer a final plea for her affections. My twisted body disgusted her and she gave me a name, a hateful name. Thus began this tailorís descent into self-revulsion and sorrow.  Read Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli. (Kimberly R. Cole,, Monaview Elementary, Greenville SC)
SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.
                          Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
                          Spinning -- Fiction.


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