Rumplestiltskin's Daughter

Rumpelstiltskin's daughter outwits the greedy king, who tries to get her to spin straw into gold just as her father once did. In the end, she helps a troubled community overcome their economic problems created by the king.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Goods & Services, Economic Wants, Producers, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Scarcity, Trade & Money.

Comprehension Questions

Identify the good the king wanted the miller's daughter to spin from a straw?


What service did Rumpelstiltskin offer to do in exchange for the miller's daughter's necklace?

Spin the straw into gold.

In exchange for spinning the straw into gold for the second time, what good did the Miller's daughter offer Rumpelstiltskin?

A cigar-band pinkie ring.

Explain how Rumpelstilskin provided for his family when they wanted something they couldn't make or grow.

He produced gold that he used to get the goods and services his family couldn't grow or make themselves.

Describe the economic problem in the kingdom that resulted from the king's greediness for more and more gold.

Food and clothing - which are scarce economic goods - became even more scarce for the people. It appears that the greedy king had taxed his people into great poverty.

List the goods or services provided by the following people in the kingdom that were a direct result of the tricks played on the king by Rumpelstiltskin's daughter:

  • farmer goods - wheat, barley, apples, green beans, pumpkins, corn
  • cook service - prepared a feast to celebrate
  • granny goods (made from wool) - sweaters, mufflers, vests, knickers, socks, nightcaps, tam-o'-shanter
  • guards services - built a zoo for the crocodiles from the stones that were once walls; built houses for the poor

Extra Credit Question! What capital resource was used to make the gold (good) from the straw?

A spinning wheel.

Author: Diane Stanley
Published: 1997
Reading Level: 4.6
Grade Level: 1 - 4
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Wm Morrow & Co., Harper Trophy