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Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale by Lynn…

Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale

by Lynn Roberts

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Rapunzel is a red-headed girl who is locked up in her aunt’s apartment. She isn’t allowed to leave the apartment because the city is too dangerous according to her aunt. Rapunzel aunt uses her hair to climb down to go to work. A boy named, Roger sees this woman climbing out the window and wants to know whose hair it is. He climbs up Rapunzel’s hair, and they become friends secretly. The aunt finds out and gets so mad, she cuts off Rapunzel’s long hair. But don’t worry, in the end, Rapunzel and Roger find each other. I thought that children could relate to this story since it is like a modern version. (Rapunzel lives in an apartment, with an aunt, etc.) ( )
  lsalone | Mar 17, 2018 |
This is an interesting version of Rapunzel. It had the same plot as most Rapunzle's. But the story was set in the 1970's. It was more modern so children now could relate and understand the setting of this book. It was written just like a fairy tale would be, but "In a time not too long ago..." ( )
  S.Hackett | Oct 14, 2017 |
This is a modern take on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel. It is about a young girl with long red hair who wears it in a braid. She is trapped on the top floor of an abandon apartment building with her aunt. The elevator is broken so her aunt has to use her long hair to get out of the apart, but she is the only one allowed to leave. Rapunzel is never allowed to leave, so she has never seen the outside world. A young boy who notices the aunt leaving decides to climb the braid to see why the aunt has to use the braid. Rapunzel and the boy become great friends. The aunt finds out and pushes the boy out the window. The boy hits his head and can't remember meeting rapunzel. Rapunzel escapes her aunt and finds the boy. When the boy sees her he remembers everything and they live happily ever after! ( )
  bbrelet | Mar 19, 2017 |
"Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale" by Lynn Roberts and David Roberts is based on the fairy tale "Rapunzel." There are many plot points that align with the classic story about Rapunzel, but a lot of the details are unique to this amazing version based in the 1970s. For example, the setting, characters, and fashion are based on styles from this time period. The main character, Rapunzel, wears bell bottom pants and platform shoes while listening to records from artists like David Bowie. She does this in her bedroom, which is filled with time appropriate things like a record player and lava lamps. While the illustrations are based on all of this, they still mesh with the story and deliver the major plot points that Rapunzel is known for(letting her hair down the tower, the meeting with the love interest, her aunt's mean behavior, etc.) The author and illustrator 's work on this picture book shows through in the wording and beautiful drawings just like it did when they collaborated on a 1930s version of Cinderella. Overall, this retelling of Rapunzel is very unique and shows that this fairy tale can be translated into many different time periods and styles. I can definitely see myself reading this with my students one day to show how versatile and unique fairy tales are. ( )
  goreyes | Sep 22, 2016 |
This version of Rapunzel is set in the 1970s. It uses designs and popular artifacts from the 70s to tell the story. This book loosely follows the same storyline of the classic Rapunzel. The idea of the story is the same, but the character relations, appearances, setting, and some of the storyline are all different. I noticed in the book popular celebrities of the 70s. There were album covers and posters in the Roger's room that I recognized. This book was illustrated and written by the same brother and sister that wrote the Cinderella I read. The style is exactly the same. Once again I found the illustrator's note to be very interesting. The illustrator said he was influenced by the music, film, fashion, and designs of the 1970s', which is when he grew up. He used replicas of record sleeves and film posters in the book. What I found the most interesting is that he imagined the families of Cinderella and Rapunzel to be related, so he used artifacts from Cinderella and placed them in this book. The theme of this story of Rapunzel is the same as the other version. Rapunzel and Roger's friendship and love for one another is what brought them together and a happy ending. I think I rather the classic version of Rapunzel better, but this was a fun twist to the classic fairytale. ( )
  mamontgomery | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810942429, Hardcover)

Rapunzel visits the trendy '70s in this far-out retelling

Rapunzel, like everyone else in the 1970s, has long hair. But only Rapunzel, from atop a penthouse in which she is imprisoned by her evil Aunt Esme, has hair so long that it sweeps the sidewalk in front of the building. The elevators don't work, so Aunt Esme uses Rapunzel's hair to come and go. And poor Rapunzel spends day after lonely day surrounded by orange-and-brown-patterned walls and shag carpeting, listening to her beloved LPs. Then, at last, a handsome stranger climbs up Rapunzel's hair...why, he's the glam-rock prince of her dreams!

David Roberts's funky 1970s illustrations give this Rapunzel an exciting new twist. Bellbottoms, disco balls, and long sideburns make this the funkiest fairy tale ever!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:18 -0400)

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In this updated version of the Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel has flaming red hair and is kept imprisoned by her Aunt Esme, a heartless school cafeteria worker, in a tenement apartment with a broken elevator.

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