Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

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.

Book Worms Discussion Date: October 16, 2014

Discussion Questions

  1. How is this story different from the original Grimm Brothers’ tale?
  2. In the magical kingdom where Rump is set, a name determines a person’s destiny. How does this affect Rumpelstiltskin? How does it affect others in the story?
  3. Who or what helps Rump on his journey to discover his name and his destiny?
  4. Who is Red? What is the relationship like between Rump and Red?
  5. Are pixies helpful or harmful in this story?
  6. What secrets are revealed during this story?
  7. What happens when Rump uses magic?
  8. What is a rumpel? What is a stiltskin?
  9. How is Rump’s story similar to his mother’s?
  10. What other fairy tales are mentioned in this book?

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