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Rumpelstiltskin's Daughterby Diane Stanley
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0nce upon a time a miller's daughter was given an impossible task by a cruel and greedy king. She had to spin straw into gold. And who should show up to help her but an odd little man named Rumpelstiltskin.
According to tradition, the gold-bedazzled king and the miller's daughter are wed. But wait just a minute! This king is definitely not husband material, and there's someone else who is — a hardworking guy who's supportive and nice looking, and who really comes through in a pinch.
Why not marry Rumpelstiltskin?
In Diane Stanley's merry rethinking of the traditional tale, Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter are wed...and then sixteen years later their only daughter is stuck in the same dilemma: She's been locked in a room full of straw to spin for a greedy king! She could call for help from her father, but this fairy-tale heroine has some canny plans of her own.
How Rumpelstiltskin's daughter sets things to rights in the troubled kingdom, while achieving a unique place for herself, makes for a wise and witty tale of kindness and cleverness rewarded. Diane Stanley's wickedly funny text and zesty illustrations put a delightful new spin on a classic fairy tale.
Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom. 2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist
South Carolina Children s Book Award
Once upon a time, a miller's daughter was given an impossible task by a greedy king — to spin straw into gold. And who should show up to help her but an odd little man named Rumpelstiltskin. The king wanted to marry her, but he really wasn't husband material. So she ran away with the one who came through in the pinch, and they lived together happily ever after.
Sixteen years later, their only daughter's in the same situation. She could call on her father for help, but this fairy-tale heroine has plans of her own!
Award-winning author/illustrator Diane Stanley puts a delightful spin on a classic tale in this beautifully illustrated, wickedly funny story of kindness and cleverness rewarded.
About the Author
Diane Stanley is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and the 2000 Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for the body of her work. "There is no one like Diane Stanley...for picture-book biography — she brings to the genre an uncanny ability to clarify and compress dense and tricky historical matter, scrupulous attention to visual and verbal nuances, and a self-fulfilling faith in her readers' intelligence" (Publishers Weekly). Diane Stanley and her husband, Peter Vennema, have worked together on other books in Diane's award-winning biography series, including Shaka: King Of The Zulus, Bard Of Avon: The Story Of William Shakespeare,and Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations.
Diane has also illustrated The Last Princess: The Story Of Princess Ka'iulani Of Hawaii, by Fay Stanley, and she has written and illustrated Michelangelo, Peter The Great, Joan Of Arc, Leonardo Da Vinci, Cleopatraand Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter.Her first novel, A Time Apart,was selected as one of 1999's Top 10 First Novels by ALA Booklist.Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema live in Houston, Texas.
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