Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin In A Magic Kingdom Where Your Name Is Your Destiny, Year Old Rump Is The Butt Of Everyone S Joke But When He Finds An Old Spinning Wheel, His Luck Seems To Change Rump Discovers He Has A Gift For Spinning Straw Into Gold His Best Friend, Red Riding Hood, Warns Him That Magic Is Dangerous, And She S Right With Each Thread He Spins, He Weaves Himself Deeper Into A Curse To Break The Spell, Rump Must Go On A Perilous Quest, Fighting Off Pixies, Trolls, Poison Apples, And A Wickedly Foolish Queen The Odds Are Against Him, But With Courage And Friendship And A Cheeky Sense Of Humor He Just Might Triumph In The End and lieslshurtliff everywhere.

❮Reading❯ ➳ Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin ➬ Author Liesl Shurtliff –
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
  • Liesl Shurtliff
  • English
  • 10 March 2017
  • 9780307977939

10 thoughts on “Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

  1. says:

    We grew up knowing that Rumpelstiltskin as a greedy monster but in this novel, readers could see a different perspective on who really he is In the classic tale, Rump was the antagonist, therefore, it s a 180 turn in this book because the king, queen, and Oswald were all portrayed as despicable or mean I really enjoyed reading this from beginning till the end because of how good the life story of Rump was written I didn t expect that this was a page turner at first, I thought that there s nothing special with Rump s life, but I was wrong when I ve read this.

  2. says:

    I read a Rumpelstiltskin picture book to the third graders last month Like every time I ve ever read or heard this story, I was flooded with questions Why did the father tell the king that his daughter could spin straw into gold when she obviously couldn t Why was the king so greedy those three nights that he thought the future queen was spinning, and then just content for the rest of his life with the gold that was spun during those three nights Wouldn t he ask his wife to start spinning again at some point Rumpelstiltskin wouldn t be around to help, then What does this crazy goblin like man want with a baby This book asks and answers all of my questions in a very satisfying way I actually believed the Rumpelstiltskin story for the first time.The bigger question that it tackles is, Do the labels that a person has placed on them or that they have placed on themselves determine their fate Can they break free from these labels Rump is a character that kids can relate to He s been given a crappy name He believes he s destined to live a crappy life He spends a lot of time in the book feeling sorry for himself, but he learns along the way that a person creates their own fate, and if they don t want to be defined by a label, then they don t have to be.This book is very good I don t know if it s the Ivan of 2013, but it s at least the Wonder I ve gotta get this book processed now There s a waiting list growing.

  3. says:

    I just read this out loud to my kids 6 and 9 and they loved it I am always on the lookout for books that will appeal to both of them, regardless of gender or their 2.5 year age difference.

  4. says:

    What a smart tale.Unlike previous middle grade fairy tale retellings I have read, this book is not cutesy On the contrary, it is quite dark and serious, actually, and never condescending to its readers, which I find happens sometimes in books for young readers, whether on purpose or not The truth is, Rumpelstiltskin himself is not the most enchanting of fairy tale characters, so I understand the less than enchanting atmosphere The story is, however, compelling and surprising at all times And while it is dark, it does not contain horror.The author writes with purpose everything she writes has its place in the story I could not stop reading because every new chapter introduced something new I was very excited to see how things would turn out for Rump I cared about his future and wanted him to find peace and happiness Rump is a young boy and orphan In a world where your name is your destiny, Rump thinks he is bound to accomplish nothing in his life until he discovers he can spin straw into gold and starts questioning his name and past This is a story that you will want to share with others, because it s the sort of tale full of adventure and magic that doesn t only deserve to be read it also deserves to be told orally Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

  5. says:

    Rumpelstiltskin always seemed creepy and mysterious to me I always had the Paul O Zelinsky illustrations in my head, and the voice from the Reading Rainbow segment in my head whenever he came to mind Now, I have a much younger and sympathetic Rump in mind I really enjoyed learning the true story behind how Rumpelstiltskin ended up in that castle spinning gold for a queen, demanding her baby whilest she rattled off a bevy of bizarre names It was nice to root for Rump and watch his adventure unfold as he found the truth within himself The side characters all served their purpose well, though I felt a few were a bit too cardboard familiar and we didn t get enough closure with a few I appreciated that the fairytale references were intelligent and fun without the author being too wink wink look how clever I am I really loved a few of the new twists and elements she added to the story, particularly with how magic works and what to do with magic Unfortunately, I felt a bit let down by the ending The message felt a bit muddled I do get what the author was going for, but it just felt a bit conflicted I can t say too much without spoiling things, though it s pretty obvious early on that the whole point is whether ones name controls ones destiny And I felt that some plot threads were not tied up completely I certainly liked Rump much better than the Rumplestiltskin of my childhood and I m glad to have met him, though I don t think he s destined to be one of my literary BFFs.

  6. says:

    Wow, what an interesting take on Rumplestiltskin I really enjoyed this re telling This is my first time reading this author and am happy to have another of her books to read in the future 4 stars Rumplestiltskin is a fairy tale that most children hear about growing up It s about a beautiful peasant who is taken by an evil King He locks her up in a Tower to spin straw into gold The poor girl has never been able to do that, but has some how convinced the king of her abilities The king gives her three days to spin the straw into gold She bargains with a magical creature who has promised to spin the gold Each night she gives the creature something off her person On the third day she pays him in the promise of her first born Months go by and the new Queen gives birth to a son The creature magically appears before her to take the baby The now Queen cries, is there nothing I can do to keep my baby The creature cackles tell me my true name and you can keep the baby You have three days In this re telling, we meet the magical creature His is but a boy A human child by the name of Rump He lives in The Village before The Mountain and is very poor Day after day he must mine the mountain for gold to pay the Miller The Miller is in charge of handing out the villages rations One day Rump comes upon a spinning wheel His grandmother forbids him to touch it, but Rump is drawn to it, like pixies to gold Soon Rump learns the horrible truth about his almost name and his destiny.At one point it got very dark The Miller Oswald is definitely a frightening villain It made the fairy tale realistic because Rump was truly in danger It wasn t too traumatic for younger kids though My kids didn t even really notice Maybe that s because Mommy loves horror.Overall a wonderful re telling I also have her Jack and the beanstalk I hope we get some compassion for the giants, like we did for the poor trolls.

  7. says:

    Rumplestiltskin is a fairy tale that s honestly always creeped me out Maybe it s because of the Shelly Duvall Faerie Tale Theatre version, which I saw at an impressionable age So I was reluctant to read this, frankly But this is a fine little story that I wished had gone into deeper depth Quite fun for middle readers, who I think often get robbed of retold fairy tales, since they usually end up in the YA department, with lots of romance added in There s no romance here, but some nice exploration of friendships instead.

  8. says:

    The concept of this book totally intrigued me And the cover But the story itself didn t live up to what I expected It started off strong I liked Rump and his Gran and Red, and the setting was interesting But the story impressed me less and less as I read I thought Rump jumped far too quickly and easily to the conclusion that he could spin gold And a lot of things felt rather contrived I found myself beginning to skim the story about half way through The plot began to meander, and the voice seemed to subtly change It started off feeling original and clever, but that got lost somewhere along the line.That said, the characterization was good throughout And I really like the pixies and the trolls I m sure there will be a lot of kids who enjoy this book because of the adventure and some of the silly and fun things throughout While I wasn t blown away, I thought it was a decent read and would recommend parents give it a try for older elementary and younger middle school age kids.

  9. says:

    Prava bajka ali fino napisana da mogu i klinci da je citaju ali i stariji pa da opet ne budu zgrozen pricom za decu.Lako se cita, ima svojih teskih i tuznih momenata, plus par smesnijih i naravno citava poenta price je i da nas nauci necemu sem da nas zabavi.Ako treba nesto za opustanje ili nesto sto ce te da citate deci koja znaju engeski ne mozete puno pogresiti sa ovim.

  10. says:

    Mom let me name you after my Barbie doll, my older sister declared when we were little kids Dippy me believed her well into adulthood before learning that I was named after a friend of my mom s There is power in names and thinking I had been named after something as frivolous as a doll bothered me growing up I remember thinking mom and dad had too many kids if they were letting siblings name them after toys I imagined naming my brothers, Hasbro or Matchbox or G.I Joe At least I wasn t named, Rump as in this tale Yeek Talk about having an identity crisis Rump s mom gasped only part of his name before dying right after giving birth to him His name is sure to have young readers howling from the first sentence, My mother named me after a cow s rear end It s the favorite village joke to leaving a breadcrumb trail of butt, poo, and fart jokes Plot and characterization are driven by this overarching theme that a name is full of meaning and power that determines a person s future Twelve year old Rump, who is smaller than average, agonizes over his name because it is not a whole name and therefore he will not be able to determine his destiny He believes he won t grow up but will be trapped as half a person He lets some town boys bully him and doesn t know how to believe in himself, much less imagine a future that leads to a worthwhile occupation.His best friend, Red helps him seek out his name and answers to his past Red looks at facts and is not superstitious like Rump When the two go into the scary Woods, Rump is afraid of being attacked by squirrels like the boy at school, but Red explains that the boy had chicken pox She s the voice of reason who is cautious when dealing with magic and reminds Rump there are consequences to those who use it When Rump finds a spinning wheel he discovers that he can weave straw into gold Ecstatic, he believes he has found his destiny that will make his problems disappear Unfortunately, gold makes his life complicated with greedy people manipulating him and innocent people being threatened with death He goes on a quest to make things right and discovers what it means to make your own destiny.The story oozes with references to other fairy tales that made reading it great fun Red from Little Red Riding Hood has a path that appears in the woods just for her The two sit on wood stumps that the woodcutter made and Red s grandma has terrific senses even though Rump thinks she s a witch that will eat him like in Hansel and Gretel Opal has a weird tick where she licks her lips like a frog which made me think of the The Frog Princess Rump rescues Opal like a princess and the thorn bushes made me think of Sleeping Beauty The magic mirror and poison apples in Snow White make an appearance along with the singing harp and magic seeds found in Jack and the Beanstalk The author puts her own twist on these items and ties them in with Jack s internal changes as he grows up I was so into the Brothers Grimm references that when I read, Gran once said there would be times in my life when I would be trapped, with walls all around me too high to climb and no way out Then I would need someone from outside and above to throw down a rope and pull me up, that I thought of Rapunzel That s probably a stretch but I was having a hey ho time And did Hadel have a bug eye as a nod toward some of the depictions of Rumpelstiltskin in past folktales See what I mean Once I started looking, I couldn t stop.The plot is predictable in spots but that is pretty normal for fairy tale twists The skeleton of the fairy tale is usually apparent and this one follows Grimm s, Rumpelstiltskin, somewhat closely I did have questions in the plot as to why Gran never told Rump about his mom, why she didn t see her other daughters, and why she didn t burn the spinning wheel The unpredictability occurs in the character development of Rump who is the opposite of the normal hot tempered, creepy character in the original fairy tale who is outwitted by the princess The German word, rumpelstilzchen, means something similar to a poltergeist or ghost Rump is a decent kid he s no nasty goblin I loved the twist with the trolls and their pet That was hilarious Even the ridiculous donkey is used to tie in with the overarching theme of finding a name Rump realizes that his treatment of the donkey might have been one reason for its obstinate behavior He reflects that if he had given donkey a name besides Nothing and treated him differently, the two might have gotten along better On his quest Rump grows physically which shows he s growing internally too He isn t a good listener and luckily the author uses this ploy for humor such as when Red, whacks Rump on the head so he ll listen Rump isn t very good at thinking things through and this is important for his actions at the end with the villain I find the technique some authors use of having a character withholding information to advance a plot point annoying and was glad Liesl Shurtliff avoided this in her tale The villain is one dimensional and we are not privy to his motivations.I appreciated the kid and adult humor along with the play on words from King Barf to Yonder and beyond Troll Mard thinks Rump is the best human name she has ever heard because it s not romantic or sentimental Then she hollers to her brothers, Gorp Grot Out of the stream and into the mud Rump describes troll farts as a hundred times smellier than humans and their snores like thunder however, the trolls impart wisdom to Rump than most humans Humans are prejudiced toward trolls because of their ugly, nontraditional ways and the author does a great job showing how people need to respect each other in spite of their differences.Rump s search for his name and destiny is really his search to grow up He must learn to control his magic and exert his will rather than be trapped by it He learns that growing up means making a choice of how to live up to his name whether that means choosing to be small and weak or choosing to be strong and smart This struggle to grow into a better, confident person is universal and one that many can relate to in life Plop on your rump and enjoy this wonderful story and message.

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