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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
A Kids Wings Award Book
TLA Texas Bluebonnet Nominee

You will LOVE this fairy tale!

Do you remember the fairy tale about a small, bad-tempered man named Rumpelstiltskin who could spin straw into gold? Remember how the evil king heard that a poor little innocent peasant girl could spin straw into gold? She couldn't, of course, but when Rumpelstiltskin came to her and promised to spin straw to gold if she would promise him her firstborn child, what choice did she have? When the baby was born, she begged him not to take the infant. He did give her a chance to get out of the bargain, though. Do you remember the hard question she would have to answer? How could she ever guess his name? Oooo. That Rumpelstiltskin was a mean guy. At least, that's the way fairy tale gossip brought it to us. Then, it became THE story of Rumpelstiltskin. The UNTRUE story!

Now, what appears to be the REAL story of Rumpelstiltskin has been discovered in a cottage, deep in The Woods on The Mountain above The Village. Yes, it's HERE! The REAL, TRUE story of Rumpelstiltskin! When he was born, his mother died just before she could give him his whole name. She only said "Your name is Rump..." Then she died (bummer), and wouldn't you know it? The baby got stuck with the name.

You all know that your name is your destiny. What kind of destiny did poor Rump have to look forward to? That was bad enough that he would become the butt of jokes with a name like that, but (bummer) with it came a serious curse. Luckily, the REAL Rump had a plucky friend named Red, and he would have done well to take her advice. (Guess what? He didn't.)

Now, when he's 12-years-old, he spins up trouble and has to go on a perilous quest to try to break the evil spell. Along the way, he's bullied, has to fight off wild pixies, gets caught in a troll trap, is tempted by poison apples, gets cheated by an evil merchant with a doofus daughter, finds himself in cahoots with witches, and has to figure out what to do with ... a baby. (OH, NO!)

You'll need to read this story to see how he gets out of this mess! It's a hoot! Don't be surprised if Rump turns out different in the END!


Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is a first-class funnified fairy tale spin-off that will have you tied up in knots of laughter! The challenging vocabulary will turn your crummy little straw words into pure gold like the wisdom that surprises you along the way! Kids Wings recommends that you purchase one for each student in your class!


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You can purchase the 54-page literature guide PLUS 53-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game for Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin for immediate download! Only $19.95!
Click Here to Purchase and Download this Literature Guide
from Kids Wings at Teachers Pay Teachers

The Kids Wings literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard, is now available for Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin.

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Fairy Tale Vocabulary Game
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
3 -page Readers’ Theater Introduction: The Traditional Rumpelstiltskin
Research the Importance of Fairy Tales
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools
Literary Devices
Tracking His Travels
Where in the Kingdom? Creating a Map
Weaving Character Studies
7 Grouped Chapters: Vocabulary & Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions
Multiple Choice and Short-Answer Chapter Questions
Crossword Puzzle: Fairly Sad Beginning
Visualizing the Story, Comprehension
The Story's Voice: Choosing the Voice, Changing the Voice
Turning The Troll Chapters into a Dramatic Reading
Troll Games, a Logic Puzzle
Sequencing: Anna's Story and Rump's Reaction
The Baby, The Miller, and Answers, A Cloze Activities
A Cartoon Ending for Chapters 31 and 32
Poetry that Grows Out of Experience
Comparing Fairy Tale Spin-Offs
What's in My Name?
Discussion and Writing Prompts

Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game



Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is included in the Kids Wings Trials and Courage Collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books all on one convenient CD. Included are 848 pages of activities in 22 titles PLUS 18 "Jeopardy-type" games! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Trials and Courage Collection, you can get 29 literature guides for only $25, or less than $1 each! This is probably the greatest bargain in the USA, as long as quantities last!


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