Straw into Gold
What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold? By order of the king, two boys, Tousle and Innes, must find the answer to this puzzling riddle within seven days or be killed. A former nursemaid to the queen’s child tells the boys that the banished queen may have the answer they seek. Danger... show more
What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold? By order of the king, two boys, Tousle and Innes, must find the answer to this puzzling riddle within seven days or be killed. A former nursemaid to the queen’s child tells the boys that the banished queen may have the answer they seek. Danger presents itself at every turn, for the boys are pursued by the Great Barons, who are secretly plotting against the king. Another pursuer, the greedy King’s Grip, reveals a strange story of a little man who once spun straw into gold of incredible beauty for the queen but then disappeared with her firstborn son. Tousle realizes that the man he calls Da is the strange little man and, even more amazing, that he himself may be the lost prince. Or could it be Innes, who although cruelly blinded can hear the music of the dawn?This skillful blend of fantasy and adventure reveals what might have happened before the queen makes her third and last guess and the story of Rumpelstiltskinas we know itends.
Publish date: April 20th 2009
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
After years of avoiding Rumpelstiltskin retellings while I worked on my own, it's been fun to read different interpretations of one of my top three favorite fairy tales. This book takes for its premise that the queen never guessed Rumpelstiltskin's name, so he ended up making off with her child. As ...
It’s Rumpelstilskin with a twist. What if the queen can’t find the quirky little man’s name and her baby gets taken away? I love telling the story of Rumpelstilskin and I will love retelling this version as it is twisted and yet as believable as the original, as things start to fall into place. T...
A very lackluster entry for the fairytale genre and as a continuation of the "Rumplestiltskin" story not at all notable. It took a new direction, which was laudable, but the characterization was hazy and the plot slow. I was deeply uninterested and would not recommend it.