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Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Rapunzel (1812)

by Paul O. Zelinsky

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This is an old story that we have all heard before, and not one that I even particularly like, but the illustrations are what this book is all about. Each page is a masterpiece, these pictures look like they were pulled from the walls of a museum. They are detailed and make masterful use of color, but are still stylized. This is a book where one could look at the pictures again and again and still not note all the detail. Gorgeous. ( )
  mccooln | Jun 8, 2014 |
Rapunzel is a layered artistic masterpiece that would be a lovely addition to a home library. The Renaissance style paintings add to the lovely story that we all enjoy. There is so much attention to detail that it is easy to see how it won the Caldecott. The development of the characters through the illustration is superb and it shows a mastery of storytelling. ( )
  aconant | Jun 6, 2014 |
Wonderful oil paintings.
  briandurr | Jun 4, 2014 |
The story begins a long time ago, with man and women who find out they are expecting a child. The women grows ill and insists that she must have an herb outside her window called Rapunzel. The husband gets it for her but then is caught by an evil soccer who tells him he can only have it if they give up their child to her once she is born. He agrees and when the little girl is born, the evil sorcerer takes to her caste far away and names her Rapunzel. Rapunzel grows up isolated in a tall tower, while her socceer step mother uses her hair to get in and out of the castle. One day a young prince hears Rapunzel's beautiful voice and falls in love with her. Eventually they get married and have children, beknowest to her stepmother. When her step mother finds out, she cuts Rapunzel's hair and hurts the prince so he can longer see or find Rapunzel. Years later, after Rapunzel is older, she finds the blind prince and restores his vision and they all live happily ever after.
  Shoshanabrmsn | May 31, 2014 |
I'm glad to see this story followed the original Rapunzel story fairly closely. The illustrations are beautiful, and for those that know the story, it's an unsurprising read. But it's a classic. The Grimm version and the pictures might be a little too mature or fancy for younger audiences. The original plot has been tamed down slightly, so it still might be too boring for older students and too advanced for the younger crowd. I would say it's good for 3rd-5th grade. ( )
  ghelmus | May 20, 2014 |
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I lovingly dedicate this book to my family—Anna, Rachel, and Deborah
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Long ago, there lived a man and a woman who had no children.
Two of her tears fell on his eyes, and suddenly he could see as well as ever.
When she reached the age of twelve, the sorceress led her into the forest to live in a high tower.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0525456074, Hardcover)

In older versions of the classic tale Rapunzel, it always seemed improbable that a grown man could scale a tower using only his beloved's hair. Not so in Paul O. Zelinsky's Caldecott Medal-winning version of Rapunzel. Here, Rapunzel's reddish-blonde mane is thick with waves and braids, and cascades like a waterfall down the walls of her isolation tower. In Zelinsky's able hands it's easy to believe that a prince would harbor no hesitations about scrambling up our fair heroine's hair.

Of course, this is not the work of an amateur--Zelinsky's lush versions of Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel all earned him Caldecott Honors. His gorgeous, Italian Renaissance-styled illustrations are characterized by warm golden tones and the mesmerizing sensation of trompe l'oeuil. Not only does he have the touch of a world-class illustrator, Zelinsky has also proven himself a master storyteller. We are frightened when the sorceress demands to take the baby Rapunzel, we are alarmed when the flowing locks are cruelly shorn, and we rejoice when the prince and his now modest-haired love are reunited. The notes at the back of Rapunzel reveal his careful scholarship regarding the long history of the story (tracing its origins and transformations from Italy to France and finally to Germany and the Grimm brothers)--work that no doubt contributed to his clean, compelling version of the age-old tale. Children will be captivated by the magical story and evocative pictures and adults will delight in the fresh feel of a well-loved legend. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustration © 1997 by Paul O. Zelinsky, published by Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 4 and older)

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A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.

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