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Rapunzel (1812)

by Paul O. Zelinsky

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A husband and wife are trying for a baby and they soon get their dream, but the wife gets sicks and needs a special plant called Rapunzel, but it belongs to the sorceress. The sorceress and the husband make a deal that she get takes the new born baby. So rapunzel grows up in a tall tower that she has to let her hair down for other to climb up.
  mackenzie27 | Jun 7, 2015 |
when teaching the students the different about fairytales and regular books this is a good book to read to students and most students know this story already.
  bmm034 | Apr 30, 2015 |
The message shows that although some peoples live will start out bad or have a rough childhood life can turn around and become a happy ending. It takes courage and being strong to live in a cruel world. The book could be used in any grade to show students that no matter what factor they are facing to live a rough childhood, something can always pop up out of the blue being a successful future with a loved one and live happily ever after.
  biancagrhm | Apr 29, 2015 |
Winner of the 1998 Caldecott Medal. Illustrations reminiscent of Italian Renaissance, and each one had a very mature feel. Well, all except the one where the sorceress is climbing Rapunzel's hair and she's trying to hitch her leg up onto the window. That one actually made me laugh out loud because of the expression on the witch's face. This retelling was a blend of Italian, French and German versions, and I appreciated that Zelinsky included a brief discussion on the origins and evolution of the tale at the end of the book. It was mentioned that the parents looked for her right after she was taken, but then they're not mentioned again. Rapunzel referred to the sorceress as "Stepmother" at one point, I wondered why. The ending was familiar. Overall, the tone was just a tad too grown-up for me. That might've been because of the artwork.

I loved that Rapunzel had a Siamese cat in the tower with her and, when Rapunzel was banished, the cat went with her.

3 stars ( )
  flying_monkeys | Apr 20, 2015 |
This is a retold folk tale, originally from Germany before it was hijacked by the brothers Grimm. Rapunzel is about a girl whose parents stole the herb rapunzel from a sorceress's garden to satisfy her pregnant mother's cravings, and when the sorceress caught them, demanded the child in return. Rapunzel grew up with the sorceress and Rapunzel's hair grew long and glorious, then the sorceress locked Rapunzel in a high tower with no doors or ladder, and would simply call "Rapunzel, let down your hair!" in order to get up. When a prince finds her and they fall in love, everything is fine until the sorceress finds out, and then she goes for revenge. This story is told differently in this version than I have otherwise heard it. Would be good for a classroom library. ( )
  AmandaLK | Apr 17, 2015 |
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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.
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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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