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Shurtliff, Liesl.
New York : Knopf, 2013
IL 3.6, RL 4.1

(3 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

So you think you know the story of Rumpelstiltskin?  Well not  so fast.  It may not have happened the way you heard.  In this version, a young boy is born and his mother dies before she can say his whole name.  All anyone hears is Rump.  Can you imagine?  Being called Rump?  You just know there are going to be lots of jokes made about it.  And so it is.  Rump lives in a land far away.  He is forced to work in the gold mines and trade gold for food.  But he is not having  much luck.  He just can't make enough to feed his grandmother and himself.  When he finds a spinning wheel that had belonged to his mother, he decides to try it out.  The only thing he can find to spin is the straw from his mattress.  And guess what?  It turns into gold.  When he trades it to the evil miller for food, things start to get really bad.  The miller lies to the king and says his daughter is the one with the magic.  Now Rump can either try to save Opal or just keep his magic for himself.  No matter what he decides, he will never stop trying to learn his real name.  His name will reveal his destiny.

Booktalk #2

What is in a name? For Rump, finding out his true name means everything to him. After living for years with being continually teased about his name, Rump decides to take matters into his own hands and goes on a quest to discover both his real name and the reasons why he can suddenly spin straw into gold.  To do that, he must overcome annoying pixies, outwit the miller and his daughter, embrace his relationship to his crazy aunts, the wool witches, and learn to control his magical powers.  Rump gives its readers a humorous, new twist to an old favorite fairy tale.   (Prepared by:    Amy Blakely, E.B. Morse Elementary South Carolina Children's Books Award Nominee, 2016)

Booktalk #3

Rumpís name lends itself to constant mockery, but he thinks he has finally found a way to make his life better when he discovers he has the ability to spin straw into gold. Yet his magic ability also means he must accept any price, however small, that he is offered to trade for his gold, and this catch makes the talent problematic. Rumpís quest contains all the elements of the original tale with a new twist.  (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)

SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.
                        Names, Personal -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Gold -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.
                        Humorous fiction.

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