Many children's stories have their origins from the Brother's Grimm. And many of their original stories were dark, scary, and cautionary. The tale of Rumpelstiltskin is no different - a small man cons a young woman into giving up her firstborn child to him, she must learn his name if she is to keep her child. Is there anything scarier for a child than a mother giving up her baby?
Paul O Zelinsky brings this dark tale to new light through beautiful oil paintings and lyrical language. Each page is its own work of art, and will be enjoyed by children and appreciated by adults. Zelinsky doesn't simplify any of the story and uses complex sentence structures and "big" words to tell the story. Which is partly why it won the Caldecott Honor in 1987.