Duffy and the Devil: Harve & Margot Zemach

When Clay Sings

Author/Illustrator: Harve & Margot Zemach
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Publication Year: 1973
Brief Summary: In this Cornish version of Rumpelstiltskin, Duffy makes a deal with the devil and has to go with him unless she can guess his name.

Awards, Honors and Prizes: Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1974 Winner United States

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Discuss folktales.  Does this one remind you of another classic folktale?  (Rumpelstiltskin) Read Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Zelinsky and see which version you prefer.  Can you point out any similarities/differences?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Language Arts: folktales
  • text-to-text connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.

Accessed at:  Signal Mountain Library


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