The Girl Who Spun Gold

The Girl Who Spun Gold

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In this African American retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin," Lit'mahn spins thread into gold cloth for the king's new bride.
Publisher: New York : The Blue Sky Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780590473781
Branch Call Number: 398.2 HAM
Characteristics: p. cm.


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FindingJane Jan 28, 2015

This African version of the Rumpelstiltskin story features the distinctive, luminous illustrations of the justly famed Dillons. Geometric patterns and pictures of African lifestyle are framed in tawny gold. Indeed, the titular color is found everywhere as the girl attempts to gain freedom from the snare her foolish mother has woven for her.

Quashiba isn’t quite smart enough to get out of her bargain without the unwitting help of her greedy husband. But all’s well that ends well and the story finishes with the funny little man reduced to whispers on the wind. This tale turns on Lit’mahn’s own desires as well as that of Quashiba’s avaricious husband and the illustrations show that he is gone but not forgotten, as the watchful queen is well aware.

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