Schmidt, Gary D.
STRAW INTO GOLD
New York : Clarion, 2001
IL 5-8, RL 8.1
of the same old Rumplestiltskin? What if the funny little man who spun
straw into gold got the young queen’s first born and kept him? What would
a strange little man want with a baby anyway? Straw into Gold retells a
familiar story with a new twist. Tousle lives with his Da, who conjures
visions of grand processions, greedy nobles and a sad queen. In their enchanted
cabin they live comfortably where the fire stokes itself, pitchers refill
themselves with milk and buckets stack themselves. Tousle, thirteen years
old, finally is allowed to leave the cabin and woods to see the village
of Wolverham. At Wolverham he finds himself pleading for rebels who upraised
against Lord Beryl, but his Da is nowhere insight. Tousle is sent on a
quest to solve a riddle to save the rebels. A blind boy, Innes, is sent
to accompany him on his journey.
Why did Tousle’s Da say, “What spins out now took its place on the wheel long ago?” What is the answer to the riddle, “What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold?” Read Straw into Gold and find out. (Melissa Bowman, Melissa.Bowman@pisd.edu, Armstrong Middle School, Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2003-2004)
Greed -- Fiction.