A Fair Road to the Sea

A green and brown landscape; a road winds down from a high plateau to a seaside town

About the book:

Rumpelstiltskin

by Brothers Grimm, adapted and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Magnificent oil paintings of the late medieval setting enhance this retelling of the story about the strange little man who helps a miller's daughter spin straw into gold on condition she will surrender to him her firstborn child.

A young girl will be condemned to death if she does not spin straw into gold for the king as her father claimed she could. A small elf-like man hears her cries of despair.  Twice he helps her, accepting pieces of her jewelry as payment but on the third night she has nothing else to give.