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Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Rapunzel (1812)

by Paul O. Zelinsky

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This is a beautifully illustrated version of Rapunzel. It puts Rapunzel in the high renaissance style, and time period. The story itself is an older version and not the way Disney wrote Rapunzel.
I would classify this as the folktale, and fantasy book, as it is a classic that no one really knows who wrote it. It has elements of magic and a on going between the good and the bad.
I would read this story to 3rd grade and older students as some of the content may not be best for younger students.
  Michaiah.Annear | Mar 18, 2017 |
Rapunzel is about a queen who wanted Rapunzel, but the only way to get it was for her husband to climb over a wall and steal it from a wicked old lady. When the old witch found out she demanded that they give her their first child. When the child was finally born the witch took her, and she was named Rapunzel, the witch locked her in a tower, and whenever she wanted up she repeated Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair. One day a prince heard her singing, and kept listened to her singing , one day he yelled out Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair and her hair fell down , and he climbed up. She was finally happy to not be alone. When the witch found out she cut her hair and sent her into the forest. The witch tricked the prince and he became blind, but he then found Rapunzel, and her tears healed him and they lived happily ever after. I personally dont really care for the real version of the book, I like the story line of tangled better, I dont think the story line is good for children at all. An extension idea could be that when the witch found out she had found love, her heart grew and she left them be together instead of hurting them both.
  lexiedelg | Feb 12, 2017 |
Rapunzel is about a pregnant woman who desperately craved a plant called rapunzel that belonged to a sorcerer. The pregnant woman's husband stole some rapunzel from the sorcerer's garden. The sorcerer told the man he could have as much rapunzel as he wanted but he must give her the child when it is born. The man agreed and gave the sorcerer their child and she named her rapunzel. The sorcerer put Rapunzel away in a tall tower with only one window. As rapunzel grew older, she caught a prince's eye with her beautiful voice. The prince called her to let down her hair and continued to visit her every night. Rapunzel told the sorcerer that her dress was getting tighter, the sorcerer figured out what rapunzel had been doing and she cut off all her hair. The sorcerer pushed the prince out of the tall tower and he became blinded by the fall. After a long time as a blind man, he ran into rapunzel and her twin children. Rapunzel cried tears of happiness into his eyes and he could see again. Then they lived happily ever after with their children. I personally like this story but not as much as the other princess books. I wasn't always familiar with rapunzel so i don't think i would change or add anything to this story. ( )
  shaelyn_smith | Feb 10, 2017 |
In this version of Rapunzel, she is given up as a baby in trade for her mother's ability to eat the sorcerer's rapunzel herb. When Rapunzel turns twelve, she is locked away in a tower. One day a prince stumbled upon the tower and Rapunzel let her hair down for him. They decide to get married and she becomes pregnant. Once the sorcerer finds out that Rapunzel is pregnant, she kicks her out of the tower and into the wilderness. After searching, the prince finds Rapunzel and the twins she gave birth to and they live happily ever after.
This book is a good example of a folktale because it has a slightly unrealistic situation and has been passed down from person to person. The slightly unrealistic piece of this story is Rapunzel's hair- its length and its ability to be used as a rope. This is a folktale from France and Italy.
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Age Appropriateness: Primary
  khofer15 | Feb 9, 2017 |
This is a book about a mother who finally was having a child, however she had a craving for some vegetables from a nearby garden. When her husband entered the garden the first time and brought the vegetables to his wife she was happy for him again. However, the second time that he entered the garden a evil witch had caught him at it and told him that he could have the vegetables as long as she got their child. The witch then took care of the child when she was younger but then when the child got older she locked her in the tower. She was there until a prince found her and they got married. The witch found out and then they both got expelled from the tower. Later on in the story they found each other, the prince could see again and then they both returned to live in the princes kingdom for the rest of their lives.
  BurgessMeredith | Feb 8, 2017 |
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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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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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