The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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This funny fractured fairytale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. "A most magical feat," writes Newbery Honor-winner Kirby Larson, "Liesl Shurtliff spins words into gold." In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-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...
Publisher: New York :, Listening Library,, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804168069
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (7 hr., 52 min., 32 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Glick, Maxwell

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Oct 03, 2014

I believe children much younger than grade 4 would enjoy listening to this book.


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May 14, 2016

Liesl Shurtliff has a great imagination that draws the reader or listener into the story of Rumpelstiltskin from his viewpoint, evoking sympathy from the audience for Rumpelstiltskin's plight.

Rumpelstiltskin's mother passed away soon after he was born, leaving him with a whispered name, (names were carefully chosen because they were believed to determine a person's destiny). Unfortunately, those around only heard the first portion of his name, and he was known as Rump. When he is twelve years old, he learns of a magical ability he possesses shortly before his grandmother passes away, and hides the possession of this ability from her. After his grandmother passes away, Rumpelstiltskin finds himself in a precarious position as the repercussions of using his magical ability begin to surface. In a quest to learn his destiny, he embarks on a journey that unfolds a number of surprising elements.

A beautifully woven and well-read alternative fairy tale threading elements of the book series and of the usual fairy tale to make the story into a not-so-usual tale.

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