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Rapunzel by Amy Ehrlich


by Amy Ehrlich

Other authors: Kris Waldherr (Illustrator)

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I recently came across this adaptation of the classic fairy tale from the Brother Grimm, retold by Amy Ehrlich and illustrated by Kris Waldherr. Although by no means the equal of Paul Zelinksy's marvelous version, with its Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations, this Rapunzel has its own modest charm.

The tale of a young girl given over to the care of a witch in exchange for the savory herbs her mother craved while pregnant with her, and who is imprisoned in a high tower until rescued by a handsome prince, has many variants worldwide. The Grimm version is here quite accurately represented - the witch is called Mother Gothel, and the prince and Rapunzel wander in the wilderness for a time before finding one another again.

Waldherr's illustrations, created with colored pencils, watercolors and pastels, have a lovely, meditative quality. Overall, well worth a look for fairytale fans who, like me, like to examine many different illustrated versions of the same tale. ( )
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Caldecott Medalist Trina Schart Hyman's Rapunzel hearkens to a time of dark forests, forbidden gardens, and secrets locked away in a tower. Rapunzel is an innocent, barefooted beauty with "long blonde hair, as thick and glowing as sunlight or beaten gold." This version of Rapunzel is retold by Barbara Rogasky, who also collaborated with Hyman on The Golem, The Water of Life, and an illustrated collection of poetry for children, Winter Poems. Rogasky's version of this fairy tale flows along in the best of old-fashioned, once-upon-a-time cadences, such as when the prince hears "Rapunzel's sweet, lonely voice singing a song that pierced his heart." As for the witch, Mother Gothel, "she was so feared that even people who had never seen her had nightmares about her." A not-to-be-missed fairy tale for eager readers and listeners who have a soft spot for enchanting adventure stories with happy endings. (Ages 5 to 9)

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A beautiful girl with extraordinarily long golden hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

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