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The Resource Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff

Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff

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Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin
Title
Rump
Title remainder
the true story of Rumpelstiltskin
Statement of responsibility
Liesl Shurtliff
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen
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Tone
Award
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Intermediate Book Category, 2017.
  • International Reading Association Children's Book Award for Intermediate Fiction, 2014.
Review
  • Gr 3 – 6 — A beguiling take on a classic tale. In The Kingdom, one's name is full of meaning and power, and young Rump is sure that his is incomplete. Just before his mother died in childbirth, she only managed to utter, "His name is Rump…." And so Rump grows up with his grandmother, mining the mountain for specks of gold for their greedy king and suffering ridicule for his name. Shurtliff's world-building is inventive and immediately believable: gnomes rush about delivering messages they have somewhat memorized, gold-craving pixies are flying and biting nuisances, and wise witches live in the woods, as does a band of huge smelly trolls. All the elements of the original story are here-the greedy miller, the somewhat dimwitted daughter, and Rump's magical ability to spin straw into gold-but Shurtliff fleshes out the boy's backstory, developing an appealing hero who is coping with the curse of his magical skills while searching for his true name and destiny. This captivating fantasy has action, emotional depth, and lots of humor.—Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT --Caroline Ward (Reviewed May 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 5, p126)
  • Debut author Shurtliff upends the traditional characterization of this fairy tale's antihero, recasting Rumpelstiltskin as a sympathetic and tragically doomed protagonist. His mother dies shortly after childbirth and only manages to utter half a name, Rump, making him the butt of jokes and also influencing his fate. "In The Kingdom your name isn't just what people call you. Your name is full of meaning and power. Your name is your destiny," he explains. The author effectively builds the devastating events—including the death of his Gran, hunger, and hopelessness—that lead Rump to discover his ability to spin straw into gold, riches he trades to the town swindler, the miller. When the miller lies to the king and tells him his daughter possesses this ability, Rump steals into the castle to help her, trading magic for trinkets until she offers her firstborn, which the rules of magic dictate he must accept. Shurtliff fills Rump's world with common magic and deadpan humor; the picaresque-style narrative gives the maligned character a refreshingly plainspoken voice, while honoring the original story's hauntingly strange events. Ages 8–12. Agent: Michelle Andelman, Regal Literary. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 25, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 12, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Shurtliff turns the Rumpelstiltskin tale on end, providing the heartbreaking yet humorous history of the manikin's dilemma. When he is born, his mother only manages to say part of his name before she passes: "Rump." His name becomes the source of teasing, and while Rump can appreciate the humor--sometimes--he is concerned. His name is his destiny; how can he grow when he does not know his full name? To his surprise, Rump also discovers he can spin straw into gold--a curse, since when Rump trades the gold, he must accept whatever is offered. Using a crisp, cheeky tone and with the back story meticulously built, the landscape mapped out and the characters in place (including some nods to other fairy-tale denizens), Rump's romp begins. The miller is greedy and worsens the situation when he tells the king that it is his daughter who spins gold. Rump tries to save her, but she is frustratingly fatuous and makes terrible trades (a baby!). Witches do not offer much advice, other than "Watch your step." When Rump learns that he must find a "stiltskin" to break the curse, it may also be the clue he needs to figure out his name. In his moment of triumph, children will want to dance alongside the unlikely, likable hero. As good as gold. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10181177
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shurtliff, Liesl
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
660L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ8.S34525
LC item number
Rum 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
4.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Names, Personal
  • Magic
  • Gold
  • Fairy tales
  • Names, Personal
  • Magic
  • Gold
  • Humorous stories
Target audience
pre adolescent
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the true story of Rumpelstiltskin
Label
Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
959396
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9780307977939
Lccn
2012005093
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(Sirsi) i9780307977939
Label
Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
959396
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9780307977939
Lccn
2012005093
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780307977939

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