Written by Virginia Hamilton
Ages 4 and up
This is a West Indies inspired version of the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, called Lit'mahn in this story. The mother of a young village girl brags to the passing Big King about her daughter's ability to spin gold thread. Big King happily marries the girl, but "being young, he went too far." He tells her he will give her everything her heart desires, but in a year and a day she must start her spinning. You know how the story ends. Or do you?
And the pictures are stunning, with gold over-painted in strategic spots, beautifully reinforcing the story.
Written by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Ages 3 and up