Six variations of the classic fairy tale.

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem - Vivian Vande Velde

"Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller's daughter?"

In this book, various miller's daughters confront their deadly situation in different ways, some funny, some scary and some just sad. Vivian Vande Velde has done a great job imagining ways that the miller's daughter could have gotten into the situation in the first place. She details why the father would allow this to happen, what is going on with the king and just who is Rumplestiltskin anyway.


This book was a very quick read. I found the six stories to be very different and very clever. The introduction itself is quite amusing. I found this book in the elementary school library where I volunteer, but I think it would surely appeal to adults as well (maybe even more). Having recently read Rump, the title interested me and the introduction sold the book.


Recommended to:

Middle readers (grades 4 thru 8) and any adults who like fairy tales.