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:


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.