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Rapunzel (1812)

by Paul O. Zelinsky

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The fact that the illustrations are done in the style of Italian Renaissance art is by far the most interesting thing about this version of the Rapunzel story. I liked it well enough, but it's not really a story that gets my attention unless you're doing something interesting with it, like Disney or Shannon Hale. I did like the author's note in the back that detailed the different versions of the story that have come down since before the Brothers Grimm. ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
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This story begins with Rapunzel's parents who desperately want a baby. When the mother gets pregnant, she develops a deep desire for the rapunzel that was enclosed in a high wall owned by a sorceress. When the situation gets worse, the father goes and gets the rapunzel for her and is caught by the sorceress who demands his baby as payment for stealing her herbs. He agrees, because without the rapunzel his wife would die and he was scared. When Rapunzel turns 12, the sorceress takes her to live in a tower without a door, and the only way of entry is by Rapunzel throwing down her hair as a rope. One day, a prince stumbles across this tower and hears Rapunzel's voice and he falls in love with her. He eventually has Rapunzel throw down her hair, and Rapunzel falls in love with him and she ends up pregnant. When the sorceress finds out, she cuts off Rapunzel's hair and forces her to live on her own in the woods, where she gives birth to twins- a boy and a girl. The sorceress tricks the prince into climbing into the tower, where he stricken with grief about Rapunzel's disappearance and he let's go of the hair and falls to the ground. He survives the fall, but he is now blind. He wanders around for a year and then suddenly hears Rapunzel's voice. As Rapunzel and the prince are locked in an embrace, one of her tears fell into his eyes and his vision is magically restored. He then leads Rapunzel and their two children out of the forest and back to his kingdom.

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Rapunzel has always been a favorite tale of mine, and this book has beautiful illustrations.

Classroom Extensions:
1. This may be a possible way to introduce a movie day, and have the class watch the newest version of Rapunzel 'Tangled'.
2. We could get creative and build our own towers out of blocks or styrofoam cups and then decorate them. ( )
  emcnally | Jan 27, 2016 |
The story begins with Repunzel’s parents. Her mother becomes pregnant and begins to grow an obsessive desire for Repunzel, a plant, just outside the window. Her father goes down into the sorcerers garden and steals some of the repunzel. The sorcerer then catches the father and demands to have their first born child. Thus, Repunzel is born and is given to the sorcerer. The sorcerer locks her away in a tower so that no one will take her. One day a prince comes along and hears Repunzel singing from the tower. Their love blossoms and soon Repunzel bares twins. The sorcerer finds out and hides Repunzel in the desert. Her prince comes to the tower and the sorcerer surprises the Prince and pushes him out the window. When all hope is lost, the two are reunited and live happily ever after.
  Amberechase | Nov 30, 2015 |
Genre: Fairytale
Age: Kinder-5th
Summary: This is the classic fairytale of Rapunzel. Along with the classic story there are beautiful illustrations.
  ecarlson2014 | Nov 21, 2015 |
The retold fairy tale of "Rapunzel" by Paul O. Zelinsky is a remarkable work of art. His uses of illustrations were woven together so beautifully, by the incredible detail, superb use of lighting, and the rich oil colors he uses. The sceneries in the book are a lovely sight and truly bring the book to life. His illustrations were clearly made with the intent of portraying an Italian Renaissance appearance. The architecture of the tower which Rupunzel is placed in by the sorceress, as well as the dress of the characters also compliments this look. The book teaches a lessons about the qualities of character such as Rapunzel's pure and kind heart, which she is rewarded for in the end, as she lives happily ever after with her twin babies and her handsome prince. It also gives into the classic view point that nothing can come between true love, and that good always prevails in the end. ( )
  JenniferNavarrete | Nov 3, 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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