Friday, May 2, 2014

Rump the True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

This is the first novel by Liesl Shurtliff and I loved it!

Rump the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is about a young boy named Rump.  Rump's mother was very ill when he was born.  She whispered his name to him but everyone else only heard "Rump" before his mother passed away.  Of course, Rump was too young to remember what his mother whispered to him.  The kingdom where Rump lives along with his grandmother, believes that your name is your destiny.  Just think, your destiny is Rump? He is sure there is more to him and to his name than "Rump".  He does not like being teased by everyone in the kingdom (who does?).  His grandmother tells him to stay away from magic but one day he discovers an old spinning wheel and thus, he discovers his magical talent, or a family curse, depending how you view it, turning straw into gold.  As Rump grows, he sets out to find his true destiny and his true name.  He encounters trolls, fairies, a queen, the miller and even a baby.   Rump becomes good friends with Red and her granny.  Red is able to help Rump find happiness and perhaps a new destiny when he learns his entire name.  Rumpelstiltskin learns that big things can grow from small ones.  As he understands his full name, he realizes that not only has his name grown but so has he.  This was a fast paced story with many familiar fairy tale characters who interact in ways that might surprise you.  Given the popularity of the Once Upon a Time TV series, Rumplestilskin is likely a character that children are interested in.  This version of the story presents a very different character than the TV serios.  I think anyone who reads this book will love it as much as I did.

Spend some time reading the original Grimm fairy tales to get to know the characters in this book even better.

Happy Daily Reading

1 comment:

  1. I grew up loving the Grimm Fairy Tales and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. In fact, I still have the treasury books from my childhood. Thank you for reviewing this book, Deanna, I look forward to reading it. It really sounds delightful! :)